Mexican artist brings old tyres to life in Tate Modern installment

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Just come back from the Orozco exhibition at the Tate Modern and couldn’t believe it when we saw – and smelt – his striking tyres installment entitled Chicotes 2010.

Apparently the Mexican artist gathered the remnants of the burst tyres from along the highways of his homeland for years, then he brought some of the together in this installation.

According to the Tate Modern: “The scraps of rubber are still imbued with a kind of movement-memory – the rotation of car wheels and the explosion which caused them to be discarded. In elevating debris to the status of sculpture, Orozco once again demands that his viewers reassess their aesthetic responses to humble everyday materials and situations.

“When invited to participate in an exhibition, Orozco has often arrived at a gallery empty-handed, creating a work relating to the site and the objects at hand. The materials for Chicotes were imported specially, but Orozco has determined its arrangement in response to the gallery space at Tate Modern.”

If you can’t make it to the exhibition you can check out the installment at

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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