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Art Installation

Some of the forms don’t seem all that spectacular until you notice what they are composed of.  For instance, this one is drinking straws. Take a look at Tara Donovan’s entire installation.  It’s worth it.



March 23, 2009 - Posted by | Afternoon Awesome | , ,


  1. I could not visit an art show like that. My need to see what would happen if I just took one out would be too overwhelming. It just looks so cool and I can hear them speaking to me. “Just pull one of us out.”, “Come one, what could possibly go wrong?”.

    But in my defense. Who would make something that intricate and not want me to touch it? It’s like dominos. You spend all day working on some weird maze creation just so you can knock it down. Am I right?

    Cookie, the hag formerly known as jujubees
    I had an issue with my password, don’t judge

    Comment by cookie | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  2. COOKIE!!

    (I meant that as a “Juju!” shout-out, but it feels more like a Cookie-monster impersonation.)

    Comment by SeaKat | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  3. “C” is for Cookie and that’s good enough for me. Welcome back, jujucookies! I hope you kicked that gall bladder’s ass.

    Comment by Lily the Pink | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  4. My gallbladder has been appropriately disposed off. And now I have a lovely connect the dots pattern on my belly. Anybody want to play?

    Comment by cookie | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  5. i have those – mine is more like a game of connect 4. but the 4th one is way over to the side.

    welcome back juju/cookie 🙂

    this art was amazing but i couldnt figure out what everything was made of. i think the pencils one looked like a lifetime’s worth of work.

    Comment by baby fish mouth | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  6. COOKIE!

    i thought i recognized the comic stylings.


    Comment by stopthemadness | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  7. I am completely in awe of this woman. The MacArthur website explained that she used over 2 MILLION straws for that installation alone.

    Comment by shu_shu | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  8. bfm: they are labeled in the descriptions below the images, except for the ones that are ink based.

    Comment by Lily the Pink | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  9. oh! hey look at that!

    thanks lily.

    Comment by baby fish mouth | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  10. The one that’s styrofoam cups makes me wonder how much that many cups cost and how to attach them to my living room ceiling.

    Comment by Lily the Pink | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  11. The bigger questions I have are “How crazy do you need to be when you start one of these?” and “How crazy are you when you’re done?”.

    Comment by rl | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  12. i keep trying to picture an efficient way to do all of these. maybe the efficiency is part of the art, because it is baffling me.

    maybe there is a place with pencil scraps, and she just grabbed handfuls and put rubber bands around them, then stacked them around by general height…and poured glue all over them. no then there would be marks from the rubber bands. she took a handful, DIPPED the bottoms in glue then stood them up how she wanted them.

    the straws… i picture she simply built a temporary wall and poured the straws in and let them roll where they may. then she let them settle….and she mashed in from the back. or she ran a vacuum nearby in front of some places, to make the lumps. or maybe she just sucked the straws out with her face. or she put a chunk of tape on one part and tugged, then styled the lumps.

    Comment by baby fish mouth | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  13. See, I imagine her doing this to everything then taking medication so she can stop. Then when she wants to start again it’s like “Stop the lithium and release the creativity hounds!”

    Comment by Lily the Pink | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  14. uh. i am inclined to agree with rl, after having thought out those paragraphs.

    Comment by baby fish mouth | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  15. i officially don’t understand art.

    Comment by DonnaMartin | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  16. Ok, that styrofoam cup in netting thingy would be hilarious to rig up over someone’s head while they were passed out drunk. Can you imagine waking up to that?

    OMG, the Aliens are hatching out of my ceiling!!!

    ::flail, fall out of bed, wet self, look around suspiciously when you hear roommates cackling madly::

    Comment by SeaKat | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  17. At first, I thought this was gonna be another one of those weird and inaccessible-to-nonhipster things. But as the gallery progressed, I became more and more impressed by the artist’s patience and eye for texture and form.

    Totally totally cool.

    Comment by WhoMee | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  18. Ok, 2 things. One, some of this reminds me of the trouble with trebbles. And 2????????? Ok, I’ve had too much beer to remember 2. What’s uppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp

    Comment by cookie | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  19. I was thinking the same thing, cookster. The first thing, not the 2nd one. Although, I’ve also had some beer, so I guess that makes both things.


    Comment by WhoMee | March 23, 2009 | Reply

  20. i know what number 2 is…

    wait, let me finish this glass of wine and i’ll tell you…

    how YOU doooooooooooin

    Comment by DonnaMartin | March 24, 2009 | Reply

  21. Oh Donna. I already saw that video and have resigned that I’ll never get those two minutes of my life back.

    Comment by cookiebees | March 24, 2009 | Reply

  22. I sitting here contemplating a way to make the styrofoam cup thing myself so that I can fashion a fabulous lighting fixture.

    Comment by Helen Skor | March 24, 2009 | Reply

  23. Helen Skor: It says she just used hot glue and styrofoam cups. They forgot to add manic tenacity, but I think it’s completely doable. Ireally want to do it. I’m thinking maybe some eye hooks and fishing line to attach it?

    Comment by Lily the Pink | March 24, 2009 | Reply

  24. David Bromstad made somethign similar in an episode of Color Splash. He used coffee filters & streatmers to make a light fixture that resembled a jellyfish.

    Just in case you are looking for a project that is smaller in scale and less likely to turn you into the Miniature Killer from CSI.

    Comment by shu_shu | March 24, 2009 | Reply

  25. LtP: Use enough cups, and friction + pressure from the walls at the edges will hold it up.

    Also, it’ll bury the first dumbass to see what happens if you try and pull one out.

    Comment by rl | March 24, 2009 | Reply

  26. Shu shu, i KNEW I had seen a man make something similar. i was starting to feel like a big sexist, thinking “I am sure a man has done this first.”

    Comment by baby fish mouth | March 24, 2009 | Reply

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