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MULTICULTURAL

              A PAINTED INSTALLATION 

                    BY MARCEL

                    WITTE

AN UTOPIAN WORLD

In 1516, Thomas More completed his novel ‘Utopia’. In what became his best known and most controversial work, he described the perfect political system and the habits and traditions within the imaginary island country of Utopia. The name of the state could refer to the Greek ou- topos (meaning: ‘no place’), but could also be a reference to eu- topos (which means: ‘good place’).
After the publishing of the work a new artistic trend started: utopian art.

Throughout history, mankind had dreams about an utopian paradise in past and future.
Do we want such an ideal society nowadays?
A perfect community means that all inhabitants have to adapt themselves to the rules and laws of this society. That could mean the end of all individual freedoms we cherish so much in the 21th century. An ideal society can only be ideal if there is a balanced consensus between individual freedom and collective regulations.

MULTICULTURAL

Title: Multicultural

Description: Installation of 40 canvases / birdhouses Medium: Acrylic on canvas Canvas size: 15x25 cm

Total size: ca. 140x140 cm 

The vision of Thomas More became the inspiration of 'Multicultural': a painted installation of artist Marcel Witte, existing out of forty small canvases, depicting a metropolis.
In our always growing million cities, people live in identical skyscrapers with no consideration for privacy or personal creativity.
This is the ‘no place’ of Thomas More.
In all these identical units, undoubtedly people dream conscious and un- conscious dreams about ideal cities, with space for individualists and alternative thinkers.
The metropolis of Marcel Witte is inhabited by a multicultural society. A society imagined by colored birds, from all kinds of countries and in all individual tonalities. An idealized image in which everyone lives together in perfect harmony with space for individuals and personal touch. This is the ‘good place’ of Thomas More.
The work is dedicated to all inhabitants of million cities all over the world. Maybe, we all will live there once. Will our Utopian dreams be adjusted and/or destroyed? Or are million cities the only correct answer to the growing world population?
What if we all move to perfect, ecological and idealistic created islands where living- working and playing go together in perfect harmony, while the rest of the earth surface is left to and given back to nature? Is this a utopian dream?

 

6
6

For rent

2A
2A

Goulds amadine (Chloebia gouldiae)

3C
3C

Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

4
4

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

5F
5F

European robin (Erithacus rubecula)

6A
6A

Eurasian wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

7C
7C

Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus)

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8

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9A
9A

Great Tit (Parus major)

10C
10C

European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

11A
11A

Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica cyanecula)

12
12

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13A
13A

Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

14C
14C

Orange breasted bunting (Passerina Lelancheri)

15
15

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

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16

Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)

17
17

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18
18

Cuban Today (Todus multicolor)

19
19

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

20B
20B

Painted bunting (Passerina ciris)

21A
21A

Eurasian reed warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)

22B
22B

Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

23
23

Canary (Serinus canaria)

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24

Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus)

25
25

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

26A
26A

Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus)

27D
27D

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

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28

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29
29

Great Tit (Parus major)

30
30

Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)

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31

For rent

32D
32D

Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus)

33
33

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)

34
34

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35B
35B

Eastern bluebird Sialia sialis)

36A
36A

Lesser redpoll (Acanthis cabaret)

37A
37A

Lilian's Lovebird (Agapornis lilianae)

38
38

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39B
39B

Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

40
40

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It is possible to buy the artwork in total or by piece. A sold ‘birdhouse’ will be replaced by a new copy and get a new occupant. On this way the whole ‘sky- craper’ will stay intact, but the occupants will change. Just like what happens in a real metropolis. 

 

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