"Rainha Aksawaya" a recycled surfboard sculpture by contemporary artist: ithaka
Series: Ghost Prisms
Project: The Reincarnation Of A Surfboard
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This video features
"Bling Barrles" (aka Waves #4),
a sculpture by contemporary artist,
for his project entitled
"The Reincarnation Of A Surboard".
The series began in 1989
and continues to the present day.
The sculptures are
all created using recycled surfboards
(surfboards that were too damaged
to be used for their intended purpose of riding waves).
As of early 2012
there are 225+ sculptures
in the collection.
These pieces have been created
in California, Mexico, Japan, Portugal and Brazil -
and have been exhibited globally.
is represented internationally
Gallery WOA (Way Of Arts)
Contemporary artist, Ithaka, was born in 1966 near Los Angeles where he indulged in a cross-cultural pollination of both city and sea. He later established himself in Tokyo, Athens, Lisbon and finally Rio de Janeiro - where he now resides.
He began his ongoing (225 piece +) sculpture series, THE REINCARNATION OF A SURFBOARD in 1989 after accidentally breaking one of his own surfboards in half, later restructuring and retexturing the destroyed board into a piece of wall-hanging sculpture. He has been constantly active with this medium ever since. His works have been exhibited in Europe, Asia, South America and the U.S. and featured in hundreds of magazines and television programs.
In 2006, a documentary written and directed by Susanna Lira called "The Road To Ithaka" won the BEST SCRIPT AWARD at the Brazilian FATU film festival. The film overviews all aspects of the artist's work, life and process in Rio de janeiro. He is represented globally by Gallery WOA (Way Of Arts) in Lisbon where his last major solo showing was hosted in late 2007-early 2008. His work has also been seen at the Museum of Image and Sound in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Ithaka's sculpture work has been published in various books, most notably David Carson's "The End Of Print" (published 2000-USA), "Belong" by Jennifer Morton (published 2004-Canada), and the collective "Surf Story"(published 2009 - USA).