Sruli Recht, an award-winning cross-platform Icelandic artist based in Reykjavík, has made another of his own. Recht, known for challenging the norm through art, had the innovative idea of designing futuristic, sustainably made footwear that would solve humanity's possible problems for years to come.
A sharp provocation
The project is very curious and the first of its kind. It was created to inspire a generation of sustainable art / technology to dominate a variety of industries, now and in the future. And of course to make a profit (art always has a price). Recht is selling these "post traumatic footwear" through the NFT market. A way to create unique, collectible and unchangeable pieces for purchase.
What are Sruli Recht's "post traumatic" footwear?
The Icelandic artist's concept was inspired by the question "how could we design footwear to solve potential human, health and environmental problems?". From this question three models of footwear were born. Recht called them "footwear for a post-traumatic future".
The first of footwear is called "Venetian heel". It consists of an elevated sneaker meant to keep the foot high enough to walk through swollen floods and deep water. The second is a pair of phase change sneakers, designed with an integrated cooling vascular system that cools the body without using electricity. The third is an "unbalanced" shoe, created with the aim of combating balance problems due to age.
The shoes were made through a combination of 3D printing and accurate hand finishing.
We will hardly see wearing these "extreme" shoes. Collectables (physical and digital, of course), NFT works of art, but also complaints in which to put your feet, literally, to get inspiration.
Take a look at the images to get an idea of the "narrative" approach that Recht has adopted to make physical objects. This is the stiletto shoe that denounces the risks of rising seas. Even the texture of this "Venetian heel" recalls stucco and corroded stones.
"Phase change" footwear they look like a form of ice in which to cool down the temperature. Conceived as a small "wind tunnel", the designer intended to help exploit the dynamics of walking to ventilate the legs.
With the possibility of exploiting two different points of support with the same inclination, the third "apocalyptic shoe" looks like a cross between a spider and a Japanese clog.