Friday, March 12, 2010

Art That Floats


There's ain't no denying it: I'm a pushover for art that floats. I road over to the Scottsdale Public Library after work and met the family at the Scottsdale Arts Festival for some food, music, art, and fun. This thing immediately caught my eye because it's both arty and floaty at the same time, and regular visitors to this blog know that I am drawn to such things.This lighter-than-water piece is called "Overflow", and it is by Austin artist Virginia Fleck and crew. This "lily pad assemblage" as well as the "curtain" hanging off the Center for the Arts, below, is made from thousands of inflated plastic bags and is, I am told, a call to use or consume less. Hmmm. I was looking for a bold statement along the lines of "...and these bags will be left in place for as long as it takes for the brutal Arizona natural elements to degrade them, which may take thousands of years, in order to demonstrate the true impact of plastics on our environment," but no, this is a temporary installation. In addition to viewing the floating bags (imagine answering "PLASTIC!!" thousands of times...), we ate grilled salmon burgers (pretty good, but how are you going to mess up grilled salmon), salmon wraps (good enough to eat again some time), and some crepes with spinach, chicken and pesto sauce which I thought were amazing. The kids also played on the Robert Indiana "LOVE" sculpture, but since there are like 20 or 30 copies of that all over the place, I didn't think it would be that important to put a picture of it here. Heck, I think even Wisconsin has one. Later on this weekend, perhaps a trip to the farmer's market, or else some experimenting with Google Maps and its new bicycle navigation abilities, which so far seem to work relatively well in Phoenix. Get up. Go ride.

 A Curtain of Bags Hanging on the Side of a Building

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