Through urban art, Said Dokins draws attention to climate change.
‘Three Flowers for London’ is the most recent series of murals made by Mexican artist Said Dokins. where he intertwined visual poetry and calligraphy to reflect on climate change, problematizing from an aesthetic-political perspective the tensions between the world of the natural and artificiality; it’s a visual provocation to point at the urgent need to rethink our relationship with the environment. Four years ago, the artist intervened the walls of London to call atention on the forced disappearance of 43 students in Mexico. Now his back with a project carried out in three areas of London: Central London, Brick Lane and Hackney.
In each zone, Dokins installed a calligraphic intervention piece based on a geometric pattern composed of 6 complete circles of the same diameter that form a hexagonal set. Spliced, these circumferences create symmetrical radial patterns that allude to the shape of the flowers. Each intervention contains the same pattern, but incomplete somewhere. His suggestive titles refer to realm of the organic, the machines and environmental pollution, evoking the dystopian vision of biopunk, while satirizing New Age’s mysticism.
For Said Dokins, each piece represents a contamination of an organic ‘potency’, that is, each image shows a germinal stage that has been modified, infected or bogged down. This interrupted power may seem harmonious; however, it carries a destructive germ:
‘I think that today more than ever, we have to turn to nature, be conscious of our relationship with the environment in terms of global and local society, as we have lived through these weeks with Extintion Rebellion, a clear example that society is waking up, that this change is serious. I believe in art as a method of reflection and signaling from aesthetics, sometimes a visual way of asking things.’ – Said Dokins