While the entire installation is pleasing to the eyes, there is a hidden message. Although anything synthetic (including plastic) is harmful to the environment, Gallo's installation calls for us to be more responsible for taking care of Mother Earth by recycling and reducing waste. Moreover, performing this act is not an individual deed. The purpose of the space is to encourage the movement of recycling to be supported by a community in order to facilitate the changes for an environmentally-conscious society.
Borinquen Gallo(b. 1975, Rome) is a Bronx-based artist whose work delves into themes of beauty, community, and purpose through sculpture and large installations. Previous group exhibitions include The National Academy Museum, Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Hennessy Youngman’s Show, Queens Museum, Columbia University, The Cooper Union, Queens College. Gallo received her BFA in Painting and Sculpture from the Cooper Union for The Advancement of Science and Art, her MFA in Painting from Hunter College and has received numerous awards from the Sol Shaviro Award (2015), The Marion Netter Fellowship (2010), the Doris Liebowitz Art Educator Award (2009). She has completed residencies at The Vermont Studio Center and The Cooper Union Artist Residency. In addition, she has worked on curatorial projects with BAM Fischer, and Pratt Institute. She is currently Assistant Professor of Art and Design Education at Pratt Institute in New York.