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Floyd Elzinga

Unzip The Earth, 2017

Unzip The Earth, 2017


stainless steel

22” x 22” x 53” (installation approx. 45’)


13th Street Winery Permanent Collection since, 2017


This whimsical and playful outdoor installation by Floyd Elzinga is made of stainless steel and concrete bricks. The exaggerated zipper handle and brick teeth give the illusion that the earth is being unzipped. This larger-than-life everyday object is part of an edition of 9. This oversized steel zipper is Pop art inspired and explores the notion of peeling open the earth. It is also an example of how the artist uses humour in his work. Finding its way to public galleries in Portugal and Minnosota, it has become an international sensation.

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About Floyd Elzinga

Rotten stumps, broken branches, invasive species, ravaged trees as well as polar opposites and dysfunctional objects; these are the things that excite Floyd Elzinga. He has made a career out of highlighting and glorifying these through three dimensional sculpture, relief work and environmental installations for over 15 years. Current themes in his work focus on broken landscapes, portraits of trees and the aggressive nature of seeds.

Floyd received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, NS. He was initially drawn to steel, due to its malleable, plastic and forgiving nature, and he continues to utilize its range of colours as well as the way light plays off the surface. He has been exploring traditional metal working techniques to create textures and depth the same way a painter would use a paintbrush.

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