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Sun Jan 15, 2012, 04:22 PM

This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids

This December, in a surprisingly simple yet ridiculously amazing installation for the Queensland Gallery of Modern Ar, artist Yayoi Kusama constructed a large domestic environment, painting every wall, chair, table, piano, and household decoration a brilliant white, effectively serving as a giant white canvas. Over the course of two weeks, the museumís smallest visitors were given thousands upon thousands of colored dot stickers and were invited to collaborate in the transformation of the space, turning the house into a vibrantly mottled explosion of color. How great is this? Given the opportunity my son could probably cover the entire piano alone in about fifteen minutes. The installation, entitled The Obliteration Room, is part of Kusamaís Look Now, See Forever exhibition that runs through March 12.

http://blog.qag.qld.gov.au/before-the-first-dot-yayoi-kusama%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98the-obliteration-room%E2%80%99-2011/
http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/01/yayoi-kusama-obiliteration-room/?src=footer
















More pics at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuart_addelsee/6643534481/in/photostream/
And: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuart_addelsee/6643532207/in/photostream/

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Reply This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids (Original post)
progressoid Jan 2012 OP
msanthrope Jan 2012 #1
jberryhill Jan 2012 #2
AtomicKitten Jan 2012 #3
AllyCat Jan 2012 #19
tridim Jan 2012 #25
jberryhill Jan 2012 #4
progressoid Jan 2012 #5
MineralMan Jan 2012 #6
GoCubsGo Jan 2012 #7
orpupilofnature57 Jan 2012 #8
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2012 #9
zbdent Jan 2012 #10
TlalocW Jan 2012 #11
surrealAmerican Jan 2012 #12
Fool Count Jan 2012 #16
Scurrilous Jan 2012 #13
stevedeshazer Jan 2012 #14
McCamy Taylor Jan 2012 #15
kickysnana Jan 2012 #17
Louisiana1976 Jan 2012 #18
applegrove Jan 2012 #20
Canuckistanian Jan 2012 #21
FailureToCommunicate Jan 2012 #22
progressoid Jan 2012 #24
badgerpup Jan 2012 #23
hootinholler Jan 2012 #26
Bennyboy Jan 2012 #27

Response to progressoid (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 04:27 PM

1. Wow. Just wow. nt

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 04:27 PM

2. It looks more like it was when it was different than when it was the same

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 04:30 PM

3. The evolution is really quite wonderful.

k&r

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Response to AtomicKitten (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 09:49 PM

19. It is amazing what kids will do given a few materials

They see the world in a completely wonderful way (most of the time).

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Response to AtomicKitten (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 16, 2012, 12:27 PM

25. IMO they should have stopped at picture 3.

But still, wow!

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 04:33 PM

4. Another Shameless Exploitation Of Child Labor!


So... they get all of the kids to work for free, and clean up on royalties and museum admissions, eh?

Big Art strikes again!

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 04:37 PM

5. heh - clean up.

I wonder who gets the honor of cleaning up after the show ends?

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 04:39 PM

6. That reminds me of the time I invited a bunch of friends

over for a party. I didn't say what the party was about. I had just acquired a used Volkswagen bus. I gathered together a lot of paint and a lot of brushes of all sizes and put it all on a table near the bus. I had food and drink available, and folks brought their own favorite euphoric herbs. When everyone went home, the bus was completely covered with artwork. It wasn't really a hippy bus, but something else altogether. I drove it for about a year, then passed it on to someone else for about what I paid for it.

When you just let people do whatever they want, things happen. Since kids are naturally stoned, wonderful things happen.

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 04:44 PM

7. I love it!

Especially the intermediate stages, where you could see faces and swirls and question marks...

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 04:49 PM

8. Cooool trip ,Thanks!! Happy New Year !!

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 04:52 PM

9. WOW!

thanks for posting this.

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 05:21 PM

10. wa happen?

I see spots ...

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Sun Jan 15, 2012, 05:24 PM

11. Looks better than anything Jackson Pollock did

But is it art?

TlalocW

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 05:48 PM

12. Great piece, but ...

... I wouldn't expect the piano to still be playable. Surely the children would have encrusted the keys together with those stickers.

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Response to surrealAmerican (Reply #12)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 08:28 PM

16. Oh, it was playable, and even reasonably well tuned to my untrained ear.

 

There were several different sizes of stickers and the small ones fit on one key without
linking them together.

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 07:45 PM

13. Nice.

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 07:49 PM

14. It's amazing.

I love it.

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 07:52 PM

15. Since every sticker has probably been handled by a child's (unwashed) hand this is a visual

representation of the "germs" one can not see in a room inhabited by children.

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 08:42 PM

17. When did they figure out they needed to get the kids off the ground to finish this project?

Since they cocoon kids from birth how did they handle the liability?

Before I scrolled down I expected the result I saw in a newspaper cartoon where the kids decorate the Christmas tree but only they can only to the bottom three feet so the top is bare.

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 08:44 PM

18. Way cool!

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Sun Jan 15, 2012, 10:51 PM

20. That is awesome.

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 11:07 PM

21. Awesome!

Never underestimate what kids can do when given a chance.....

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2012, 12:01 AM

22. This is how Claude Monet got his start...

(Just my impression)

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #22)

Mon Jan 16, 2012, 01:10 AM

24. ...

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2012, 01:09 AM

23. The third picture looks very cheerful...

...but the next two look like Happiness exploded at its own birthday party.

Just a bit..."busy", IMVHO....some of the kids had done figures (I saw a "Hello Kitty" and something fly-diving) and they're totally lost.

It's amazing how depthless the pristine white is...almost no shadows.
Did anybody besides me want to just stare at it and feel your eyes and brain relax?

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2012, 03:02 PM

26. I wonder when a kid will think to sticker themself and hide?

What beautifully camouflaged contents of those rooms. Much more effective that everything the same color.

I can see a sticker covered kid jumping out at people.

ETA: what a wonderfully fun space this is!

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2012, 03:30 PM

27. Coolest thing ever. Love community art...

 

Really a good thing....

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