Philippe Pallafray's creations embody the duality of nature and industry. The concept of survival and power opposes those two distinct worlds, resulting in friction and disorder. In such a chaos, who will likely best adapt and survive?
Philippe carries the duality concept in his creations. He opposes the strength of metal which he shapes, cuts and polishes, to the fragility of glass, wood, antlers or Plexiglas. All his materials are derived from his environment either from nature or reclaimed materials.
Inspired by the "Too Big to Fail" debacle of the financial world, Philippe started, in 2012, a series of wall sculptures where animal life or specifically endangered species evolve into urban or industrial settings.
"Too Big to Fail 1 and 3" address the issue of climate change where floods are putting both animal and human lives in distress. "Too Big to Fail 2 and 5" express the consequences of the over confidence of the industrial world, leading too often to unfortunate chemichal disasters. His metal animals, reminiscent of the armors used by warriors, are floating in ghost towns.
"Too Big to Fail" is all about the failure of societies obsessed by econimic growth and progress. By stubbornly refusing to address the consequences of his actions on the environment, and as a result of pride, ambition and vanity (Too Big to Fail 4), our world is cornered in a no man's land and probably to a point of no return.
Metal, which has effect of a mirror, invites the viewers of Philippe's work to question themselves on the vulnerability and fragility of nature and humanity. Who can really best adapt and survive?