Category : art antics
323 Projects has created You’ve Got Problems? We’ve Got Solutions, an exhibition that offers a practical guide for enlightened living. Actually, it’s a daily inspirational message from the artist Tucker Nee that is designed to eradicate those demons, kick start the healing process and set you on the fast track to transformation.
There’s a crazy faux-archeological dig going on in New York Harbor right now. Belgian artist Geert Hautekiet is curating a dig on Governors Island which includes artifacts from the former Belgian/French settlers’ collection of commercially unsuccessful snow globes, like one depicting a small boy being chased by two polar bears. Read a full report in the New York Times or go to Hautekiet’s site, The Archaeological Dig to read more. For pictures of the site, check out this photo slideshow.
The site also includes a number of sculpturelike apparatuses for scaring off birds, the result — according to what Mr. Hautekiet said the archaeologists have pieced together — of a troubling period in the town’s history in 1953 called the Plague of Birds. A monthslong infestation was apparently caused when the Spanish gas station owner, distraught that his wife had left him for a trucker, built hundreds of intricate and alluring bird houses and placed them around his business, where they can now be seen.
A few pranksters installed swings in a BART train Monday night. According to witnesses, a team of six or so people hopped on to a north-bound train from 24th Street station in San Francisco around 8:30 p.m. [Monday] night, installed three matching red swings, and then exited at 16th Street leaving their swings behind for public consumption.. See photos of the BART swingers.
Things are a lot creepier underwater. In 2006 English artist Jason de Caires Taylor created one of the world’s first underwater sculpture parks in Grenada, West Indies and soon will create another, larger one off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan pennisula. He’s also got plans for a land-based sculpture park in Crete that uses sculptures filled with earth and seeds from native plant species which will eventually continue his theme of organic transformation. See some photos or watch a video and swim among de Caires Taylor’s creepy sculptures.
Pittsburgh artists Benjamin Kinsley and Robin Hewlet and the Mattress Factory museum teamed up with Google to create an interactive art piece using Google Streetview. They created scenes along Sampsonia Way in Pittsburg that could have taken place, but probably could never have all happened at the same time. A ten-foot plucked chicken sits behind a chainlink fence, two men have a medieval sword fight, a faux marathon runs by, firefighters save a cat in a tree, a garage band plays in a garage, and a high school marching band parades by in just a few blocks of Sampsonia Way at the same time. Read more or watch video of how they pulled it off.
A few weeks ago in London Banksy’s Cans Festival took over an old train platform near Waterloo Station (with the approval of the manager of the site, Eurostar) and invited people to come down, look and add their own stencils. Check out these photos of the walls and the huge crowds of Londoners who went. And videos of the fest.
Michael Townsend and seven other artists built a 750-square-foot apartment in the parking garage of a Providence, RI shopping mall four years ago and had lived there for up to three weeks at a time while documenting mall life. Their home sweet mall was only recently discovered and Townsend was sentenced with probation. See the website documenting the experience and a few photos of the place.