The garden ponds of the Taguspark Central Hub building have a new resident, a “giant duck” covered in mirrors called Induck’Tion. A project by Portuguese plastic artist OSIR, which has now been added to the urban art tour of the country’s largest Science and Technology Park, it can be visited daily in Oeiras.
The Induck’Tion sculpture forms part of OSIR’s #REFLETE project, in which the artist works with every day, improbable, and unexplored materials. The featured material is the mirror.
This work can already be visited at the ponds near the Taguspark Central Hub, and now forms part of the Museum of Urban Art tour being developed in the park, which already comprises various works by Portuguese artists, including Bordalo II, Clo Bourgard, Youthone, Gonçalo Mar, The Caver, Styler and Intervenção Rethorica. There is a lot to see at the largest national Science and Technology Park, located in Oeiras.
Induck’Tion takes Taguspark’s values as its starting point, with a special focus on two aspects that it considers essential for any human being, “Happiness” and “Wellness”.
In order to materialise this concept, the Portuguese artist drew from children’s imagination and an object that could transmit the feelings of happiness and comfort that only our own home, our safe haven, can afford us.
The object in question is the iconic rubber duck, which many have had the pleasure of playing with, and even those who haven’t, have come across, recalling happy memories from their childhood.
In this case, it is a duck covered with mirrors, not only so it can dissolve into the architectural space, but also so that whoever comes across the work can become part of its composition.
The piece is a floating sculpture that, despite being “anchored”, has some freedom of movement to assume “a life of its own”. According to the artist, the name Induck’Tion was given during the construction of the piece, and it took on more and more meaning under the current circumstances, in which we are induced into our current mode of living.
Induck’Tion reflects the current times and, when visited in person, counterbalances the social feelings one is experiencing, conveying a sense of joy and well-being.
The artist OSIR was born in 1983, in the District of Lisbon, in the municipality of Amadora. His taste for drawing and art in general emerged very early, and over the years this relationship grew stronger, until it became part of his day-to-day life.