Margot Mine (Lupin III)

Barbara Zucchi

This shoe sculpure is part of a series of 20 sculptures of shoes dedicated to the most relevant women in history, literature, cinema and comics. This project has been commissioned by Superstudio Milan and ANCI, and chosen as opening event for the MICAM 2006.

Margot Mine (Lupin III)
Within the cartoons that accompanied my childhood there is Lupin III. The adventures of the thief gentleman inspired me for the sandal of Margot. Madly in love with her, Lupin tolerates her colossal betrayals, her escapes with the billionaire of the moment, the thefts she commits to her own gang, moreover planned to take revenge on Arsenic. However, all these ungrateful plans at the back of the poor loving end up in farce; Margot can’t make it on her own against the prince of thieves, sided by Daisuke Jigen and Goemon Ishikawa.
In a series of absolutely genial and impossible situations, the poor commissar Kouichi Zenigata is always beaten and mortified, but regardless the cartoon transmits a positive message for there is a rooted good feeling able to reconcile the band at the end of every episode, as in every quarrelsome but united family.
This sandal has handcuffs as sash, but I left one open for she always succeed to set herself free, with the help, obviously, of her friends. The heels are precious stone-studded and the vamp is a string of pearls for they are her passions, strong enough to make her betray anyone who gets between her and jewels, and to make her deal with anyone who promise her richness and why not? A resounding lesson to her eternal beloved/hated Lupin III.

Courtesy of Daniele Fontana at Whitenoisephotography 2007.

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