The Elephant on Mars is a reference to the pareidolia phenomenon, where a lava flow on surface of Mars looks like an elephant. Kiko cast these rings using a loose process whereby the flow of molten metal forms its own patterns.
Swiss artist Kiko Gianocca explores materiality and form using a wide range of media such as porcelain, resin, felt and precious metals. He was the recipient in 2007 of the Swiss Design Prize.
“To create objects is exploring what is around me and effect me. To manipulate materials and to develop new forms is a sort of documentation. In the making, conscious and unconscious meet and the resulting objects become the refuge of thoughts, memories, joy and fears.”