David Kracov

Book OF Life
Laser cut, Hand Painted Metal, 85 x 78 x 80 cm


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About the artwork

Actively involved in the development of children in crisis around the globe, David Kracov pioneered ‘Life Saving Art’, wherein the proceeds of created art are directed towards organizations working with rehabilitating children under difficult circumstances. ‘The Book of Life’ was created as part of a line for Charbad’s Children of Chernobyl, the only organization in the world that permanently evacuates and treats sick children from the Chernobyl region. To date, with the help of the artist, CCOC has saved the lives of over 2,600 children. Sculpted as a tribute to the extraordinary life of Rabbi Yossi Raichik, director of CCOC, the laser cut metal base appears as a children’s fairytale book, filled with text of poems, excerpts of diaries, and songs, written by children who died at Auschwitz, with the main poem being “The Butterfly”, by Pavel Friedmann, who was 13 years old when he wrote it. Brightly colored butterflies erupt from the wavering pages, each one individually hand bent and painted to represent the children that escaped Chernobyl’s nuclear disaster, and with the help of the charity, have been given a chance at a new life. His signature trademark, the butterfly, represents the delicacy and value of a child’s life, and contributes to the innovation’s resplendent atmosphere of hope, freedom, and rising from the past that once enveloped them.

About the artist

Born in Boston, David Kracov studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and began his career in animation with the Brad Pitt feature, ‘Cool World.’ David went on to work with Disney Animation, Don Bluth Animation, Rich Animation, as well as several other studios, before beginning his solo work
as a sculptor and painter. Kracov’s vibrant color palette shows up in his unique steel wall sculptures that begin with hundreds of small sketches. David’s meticulous steel work along with his scrutinizing attention to detail allows his sculptures to take on a life of their own, and his famous butterflies take flight. David’s playful and creative works are each a testament to his steady hand and wonderfully unique artistic ideas. His work brings joy and humor to pop art.

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