Hooked on Life

In Hooked on Life Mock draws attention to the fact that we are emptying our oceans at an alarming rate. All for short-term economic gain without serious consideration of the consequences. For the first time in history we as a species will have to rise to the challenge to collectively protect the vastest wilderness we know – the ocean depths, and beyond

In East Timor, fishhooks have been unearthed dating as far back as 42,000 years. These ancient tools, handcrafted from seashells, symbolize a time when we were more in harmony with our natural environment.

Hooked on life

  • 2016
  • Longline Fishooks
  • Size differs per sculpture
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Today however, these fish hooks serve as a symbol for humankind’s destruction of the marine environment. Each day, with systematic precision, the fishing industries deploy millions of long line fishhooks into international, unregulated waters.

Seen from a distance the sculptures of shark, turtle, tuna, hammerhead or manta ray seem featherlight. They are entirely see-through and suspended in space as if free floating weightlessly. Glittering metallic constructions in space, like real big fish swimming quietly in a sunlit ocean. Here they celebrate space as their ocean. These sculptures refer to the everlasting ocean of life itself.

At a closer look, one sees thousands of deadly razor-sharp metal fish hooks welded together. The maze-like creatures can therefore actually weigh up to hundreds of kilos. The deadly weapons, -the large hooks that the fish industry uses to empty the seas with-, are so craftily welded, that one is reminded of schools of fish tightly swimming together. Or of large flocks of birds flying in the sky in synchronicity.

Green Turtle

  • 2014-2018
  • Longline Fishooks
  • 105x105cm
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Manta Ray

  • 2014-2018
  • Longline Fishooks
  • Multiple Sizes
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Mako Shark

  • 2014-2018
  • Longline Fishooks
  • 300x120x110cm
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Yellowfin Tuna

  • 2014-2018
  • Longline Fishooks
  • 150x...cm
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Oceanic Whitetip

  • 2014-2018
  • Longline Fishooks
  • 265x130x115cm
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Great Hammerhead

  • 2014-2018
  • Longline Fishooks
  • Multiple Sizes
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Dusky Shark

  • 2014-2018
  • Longline Fishooks
  • 192x92x66 cm
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