How the albatross inspired an artist’s message of hope

Emilee Geist

Sensing the mood of his home town, he looked to a previous assignment, in which he drew the etchings for John Hughes’ 2013 book The Garden of Sorrows, 14 fables in which Australian animals take on human qualities. “It was the albatross that I thought was the best metaphor of […]

Sensing the mood of his home town, he looked to a previous assignment, in which he drew the etchings for John Hughes’ 2013 book The Garden of Sorrows, 14 fables in which Australian animals take on human qualities.

“It was the albatross that I thought was the best metaphor of our time,” Luccio says.

“These birds leave their partner at sea for months at a time but always return. Some of us are feeling lost at sea, away from our loved ones, but in good time we’ll return.

“Even though my work has always been about construction, pulling down buildings and cities, I’ve never made anything as important as this because it documents what is going on.”

He chose to offer the image to the city. He printed in poster format and distributed it at legal outdoor sites.

On social media, people have reached out to Luccio with thanks and photos of themselves in front of the poster. He then sends them 10 free postcards of the image.

“It’s the first time I’ve put out something with a social message, and the poster also features three words: love, hope, trust.”

How you can help: The original etching that inspired the poster is available in 19 limited editions. Luccio’s art books can be bought at marcoluccio.squarespace.com

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