Art Basel Miami Beach is a remarkable event in Floridian city, at the beginning of December each year. This time, a new installation of work by the Mexican artist Bosco Sodi in going to be unveiled at the Shelborne Hotel. The hotel’s art-collecting owners, Paul and Dayssi Kanavos, have acquired five of Sodi’s glistening gold Rock sculptures and put them on permanent display for the enjoyment of their guests.
Bosco Sodi’ tells how it all begun:“I take 10 guys with me to the volcano of Ceboruco near Guadalajara and we choose a rock and then pull it out of the volcano with ropes,” he says. Subsequently, the rocks are painted red and then finished with solid gold. “I like the idea of bringing something from the mountain and converting it into something precious, into an object of desire.”
Sodi also spends time most months in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, where last year he opened an art foundation, Casa Wabi, that is part artist retreat and part community arts facility.
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Casa Wabi has so far been a success. “It’s very relaxed, it doesn’t privilege the idea of the artist and it’s a very long way from the art world,” says Sodi. “Prices are so crazy now in the art market, and I often wonder why I’m paid so much to do something I love. So it’s nice to give something back.”