Over 30 students from Moore College of Art and Design’s Youth Program participated in “Sculpture for Strolling” performance Friday afternoon.
Students, ranging in age from kindergarten to 12th grade, spent the summer creating a 3 foot tall, 100 pound ball of wet newspaper then rolled the sculpture out the front door of the college at 20th and the Parkway and around Aviator Park then back into the gallery, where it will be part of Moore’s fall exhibition, Do It.
Katie Johnson, director of Do It and chief curator of the Galleries at Moore, said that the five children required to push the ball were huffing and puffing. It even attracted other kids who were also playing in the park, that wanted to push, too.
“That’s kind of the point of it, when you push it and take it for a stroll. It’s participatory and people are really interested and wanted to help,” said Johnson. She added that collaboration between the students was key to the success of the project.
The performance was a reenactment of Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto’s “Walking Sculpture.”
This project and others are in a reboot publication called, Do It: The Compendium, which presents over 250 instructions from world renowned artists to interrupt and create art. The project began in 1993 when artists Christian Boltanski, Bertrand Lavier and Hans Ulrich Obrist who asked, “what would happen if an exhibition never stopped?”
The artists published a book of instructions which could be interpreted differently with each presentation.
“The very end of the exhibition will look completely different than it did in the beginning,” said Johnson.
After its stroll the newspaper ball sat a little off kilter and was shedding its skin.
The Galleries at Moore will be exhibiting over 70 of these instruction based projects, including the newspaper ball, starting September 12th.