Kuttlefish is proud to team up with Armando Heredia, a reclamation artist, to host our first-ever auction to help raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Read on to learn about Armando's inspiring work and how you can bid on his art to help flood victims . . .
Armando became a reclamation artist almost by accident. In 2010, he came across a construction site with a dumpster full of styrofoam scraps headed for the landfill. With permission, he took several large pieces to his workshop, and over the course of six months, he created his "A Million Years in 180 Days" series.
"A Million Years in 180 Days" Series
In 2016, Armando came across a friend's photo on Instagram of flood debris in Louisiana. In the comments, someone mentioned "miles and miles of trash piled on the side of the road, waiting to be picked up and discarded." At that moment, Armando knew he had to go to Louisiana and help make a difference using his art.
Armando set off for Baton Rouge to create one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork out of flood debris, from which 100% of proceeds would be donated to flood victims. In collaboration with his host, Acacia Church Baton Rouge, his artwork raised over $4,000, which was used to purchase drywall for single mothers and elderly flood victims who had no flood insurance.
Bear Artwork for Baton Rouge Flood Relief
Armando's bear artwork (pictured above) was created by whittling the slats of a porch bench ruined by flood waters. Each piece of “fur” was individually glued onto his canvas—a discarded tabletop.
Pelican Artwork for Baton Rouge Flood Relief
Armando's pelican artwork (pictured above) pays homage to the Louisiana state bird—the Brown Pelican. The white and red pieces are from a broken dinner set found in a pile of debris. The eye is a button from a little girl’s shoe, which was buried under an immense pile of everything she had likely called her own.
You can read more about how Armando created these pieces here.
In response to the current devastation in Houston from Hurricane Harvey, Armando has traveled to the affected area to work with Generations Church, a local group that is helping with recovery. He is currently developing a number of art pieces to be auctioned in his Kuttlefish shop, Art_Forage. Please check back this weekend (September 16-17) to bid on Armando's amazing work and help those in need.
Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005, ending a record 12-year drought in which no hurricanes made landfall at such an intensity in the country. In a four-day period, many areas received more than 40 inches (1,000 mm) of rain as the system meandered over eastern Texas and adjacent waters, causing catastrophic flooding. With peak accumulations of 51.88 in (1,318 mm), Harvey is the wettest tropical hurricane on record in the contiguous United States. The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 17,000 rescues. [source: Wikipedia]