Bodys Isek Kingelez designs and creates maquettes for fantastic buildings. The sculptures are made from recycled materials. They are full of vision and energy, expressed in bright colours and variety of shapes. They are very carefully made. There stations, pavilions, pagodas, skyscrapers, airports lagoons and outdoor swimming pools. There’s lots of pattern. The commercial packaging (uhu, soft drink cans) is redefined as a structure for its shape, colour and decorative letter forms. Its like a colourful postcard of 1970s city architecture.
His work is in the show at the Hayward Gallery called Alternative Guide to the Universe.This is what the curators at Hayward Gallery have written about him.
b. 1948, Kimbembele Ihunga, Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire); lives in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Bodys Isek Kingelez dreams of a better world, where there would be lasting peace, justice and universal freedom. Since the late 1970s, he has been creating vibrantly ornate models of futuristic buildings and cityscapes. Made from waste materials from the packaging industry, his scale models of exotic hotels, sports stadiums, and civic buildings envision exuberant urban utopias for ‘the modern society of the third millennium.