Peruvian artist Iván Sikic’s recent sculpture installation has a materials list that included many numbered counts of objects. The choice to use numbers was a result of Sikic’s attention towards the statistics of economic disparity. He says, “Just eighty people have as much wealth as 3.5 million individuals put together. And the gap keeps getting wider.”
Addressing the 99% mantra, he used 99 helium-filled foil balloons that are ‘number one’ sized. The metaphors continue with a brick covered with gold leaf and a sea of 7,000 awaiting thumbtacks that are both powerful against a balloon and powerless against a brick.
Read the artist’s own thoughts about his piece in It’s My Party and I do What I Want To!