As a child, I visited numerous European castles and museums and so grew to appreciate my Swiss heritage of medieval metalwork and heraldry as well as the culture’s understanding of conservation and thriftiness. My work contemporises these with decorative ‘shields,’ furniture and other objects by boasting the icons associated with driving and direction. The up-cycled, aluminium traffic signs reflect a routine language familiar to our society’s automotive culture. Originally, these materials told us where to go, what to be aware of and often what not to do. By fragmenting the signs, I remove them from their standard context to convey humour, familiarity and subtle defiance.
Boris Bally is a finalist in the 2013 Eco Arts Awards and the recipient of a 2012 Eco Arts Awards Honorable Mention for Repurposed Materials in Art & Design. He was a finalist in the 2009 International Spark Design Awards. Bally received the 2006 Individual Achievement Award for Visual Arts presented by the Arts & Business Council of Rhode Island. Bally’s work has received two Rhode Island Council on the Arts Fellowships in Design and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Crafts Fellowship. His work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions and publications. Public collections include London’s V&A Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Art & Design New York, Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburgh, Brooklyn Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Renwick Gallery and Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.