Long time readers of my blog will probably remember that I have been very fortunate to spend time at Campo di Mutoid or Mutonia in Italy as a guest of my good friend Woolly Wormhead and the other mutoids. The camp, both legal and rent paying, is under threat from one individual who is attempting to force the local Santarcangelo council into evicting this talented community and destroy the incredible artworks that dominate. Many of the people who live in the camp are talented and respected artists many of whom are commissioned worldwide to create art pieces based on those found at Mutonia. Visitors like myself also cannot help but be inspired by the sculptures and other art pieces at the site.
The Mutoids since their arrival in the 1990s have transformed a derelict industrial site, where machinery was left to rot and rust without any thought to the environment. The Mutoids have used these abandoned materials to create their art, bringing life back into their immediate surroundings but also into the industrial waste itself.
Below are some photos from my trip to Mutonia in 2010 showing the camp and the artforms and also a derelict gravel pit a mile or so up the path from the camp which reveals just how great a transformation has taken place.
|Entrance to the Mutoid camp|
|amazing works of art scattered around the camp|
|fabulous metal sculpture from waste products|
|some of the metal men that the Mutoids have become world famous for|
|living accommodation fitting in seamlessly with the surrounding woodland|
|the time machine|
|straight out of H G Wells!|
|Woolly’s inspiration is all around her|
|home as a work of art|
|bringing a derelict plot back to life|
|a metal insect|
|amazing fire flies at night all around the camp|
|the gravel pit – an example of how the Mutoid camp looked before their arrival|
|just waiting to become a work of art|
|yet more examples of what the location would look like if the Mutoids hadn’t been allowed to rent the land|
As you can imagine there are a lot of legalities for Mutonia to deal with collectively and individually, with lawyers time to pay for. So to help raise funds for the campaign Woolly has launched an e-book called Hatopia, which is a collection of 10 of her hat patterns all shot on location at Mutonia.
|Copyright Woolly Wormhead|
You can view the collection and purchase the book here and by doing so, know that you have helped save Mutonia!
The entire collection costs only £9 with a whopping £7 of each sale being donated to the fund.
To find out more about Mutonia and the campaign go to Woolly’s website here
and also do take time to read this Mutonia statement: