Meerkats are taking over America! Brookfield Properties kicked off the first-ever American tour of the “The Meerkat Meetup” art installation. The Meerkats will be traveling to 11 different properties from May 2021 – November 2021, spending a month at each location for newcomers to see, enjoy and experience. These small and vibrant creatures have an emphasis on community and are here to bring togetherness through art.
East Coast Tour Schedule
Perimeter Mall (GA) June 2021 | Altamonte Mall (FL) July 2021 | Shops at Merrick Park (FL) August 2021 | The SoNo Collection (CT) September 2021 | Tysons Galleria (VA) October 2021 – November 2021
West Coast Tour Schedule
The Shoppes at Carlsbad (CA) June 2021 | Fashion Show Mall (NV) July 2021 | Fashion Place (UT) August 2021 | Ridgedale Center (MN) September 2021 | Saint Louis Galleria (MO) October 2021 | Tysons Galleria (VA) October 2021- November 2021
Cracking Art Group, a collective of artists from Italy, France, and Belgium, creates public installations of massive sculptural animals made from brightly colored recyclable plastic. Founded in 1993, the group sees its work as an ethical necessity in the face of environmental degradation.
The collective’s name “Cracking Art” comes from the English verb “to crack”, which expresses the state of being split, broken, cracked, or crashed.
This catalytic cracking, as the name suggests, is also the term for the chemical reaction that occurs when converting raw crude oil into plastic. For the artists, it represents the instant when something natural becomes artificial and is the reason why they seek to seize that very moment in their art form.