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Renowned South African artist Porky He­fer re­cently ex­hib­ited his En­dan­gered se­ries of pods at De­sign Mi­ami/Basel to ben­e­fit the Leonardo DiCaprio Foun­da­tion (LDF).

The se­ries of seat­ing pods de­picts en­dan­gered species, and fea­tures an orang­utan, a po­lar bear, a sloth, a blue whale, and a great white shark. The pods were pro­duced us­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als that have been ex­ten­sively hand-worked by ar­ti­sans in Cape Town. He­fer worked closely with tex­tile artist Ronel Jor­daan and craft col­lec­tives Heart­works and Mielie to trans­late his crea­tures into gi­ant, tac­tile sculp­tures whose sur­faces have been cro­cheted, felted, stitched and em­broi­dered with unique em­bel­lish­ments. Twenty-five per cent of the sales pro­ceeds go to sup­port­ing LDF’s wildlife con­ser­va­tion pro­grammes.

‘It’s the fu­ture of the next gen­er­a­tion that I am con­cerned about and the state of the world they in­herit. Look­ing af­ter our an­i­mals and Earth is one thing but also the preser­va­tion of hu­man skills, crafts and tra­di­tions,’ says He­fer. ‘I think it’s im­por­tant to show what beauty hu­mans are ca­pa­ble of with their hands rather than the de­struc­tive mass pro­duc­tion that tech­nol­ogy is driv­ing the mod­ern con­sumerist so­ci­ety to­wards.’

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