TetraPAKMAN (a.k.a. Victor Castro) is a Mexican artist working in social sculpture. His work focuses on questions of sustainability, the environment, educational strategies, and social networks. His community-generated projects are made from thousands of repurposed, often discarded everyday objects that are gathered by people from all walks of life. TetraPAKMAN’s work has been displayed in Mexico, Spain, Peru, and the United States. He currently lives and works in Madison, WI.
One of the central aims of TetraPAKMAN's work has been to challenge people’s perceptions about packaging and other disposable materials. The process of involving the community in every stage of the projects gives participants an opportunity to re-imagine the possibilities and potentials of these materials in art, design, construction, and perhaps science. This system also provides an opportunity for everyone to take action; to demonstrate the use of alternatives as viable solutions to our contemporary societal problems.
The USgathering Project, TetraPAKMAN’s unique process, combines participatory workshops, energetic public/collective activities, specific materials gathering initiatives, school and office visits, development of monumental pieces, abstract art, alternative education, and environmental activism. USgathering is constantly exploring local support resources for these practices, as well as the possibilities for collaborative social sculpture projects with institutions, individuals and organizations.