Endangered Species Umberto Squarcia, Jr.Space for Public Art 215 West 38th Street, New York 10018
As we run around our amazing city, it is easy to become disconnected from the difficulties that our environment faces. Our latest installation in our original Space For Public Art hopes to remind us of this.
Endangered Species, created by Italian artist Umberto Squarcia Jr., presents a sequence of original sculptures that portray zoomorphic creatures in dramatic conditions.
Crafted with drift wood, old steel, stone and other construction site pieces, Endangered Species symbolizes the risks that the environment and its inhabitants are presently facing, including imprisonment, starvation, poverty, disease, violence and extinction. The materials and elements represent an interwoven dialogue between art and nature, time and space, and life and death.
In his paintings, sculptures and installations, Squarcia draws inspiration from the combination of architecture, design and art between Italy’s cultural landscape and New York’s vibrant avant-garde. His pieces are often a reinterpretation and re-visitation of art movements from classical to contemporary times.
Originally from Parma, Italy, Squarcia completed his classical studies in Parma and graduated from the University of Architecture of Rome, Italy. He moved to New York in 1998 and worked at M/G New York Architects, specializing in interior design at the Parsons Design School. In 2005 Squarcia established his own design company, practicing a wide variety of architectural services, including historical restoration and conservation, building alterations, industrial design, fashion and jewelry design, photography, and guided tours to the architecture and art of Italy. He also formed the Columbi Experience, an internship program for foreign students.