The Social Climbing sculpture series is made up of little wire people in typical climbing positions. Although the title of the art installation suggests a more figurative theme (one pertaining to a class distinction), the Social Climbing series is more fixated on its literal translation. The mini sculptures work together to climb up the walls of the gallery they are placed in.
Created by Chris Mason, an artist born in New York and based in California, the Social Climbing sculpture series is inspired by High Renaissance Figurative Art and comic books. Intricate and adorable, Mason observes, “Like a glass half-full or half-empty, I find a subtle test of the optimism of the viewer in the ascending or descending interpretation.”