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Waiting Elizabeth

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This is somewhat like a scarecrow, but is made entirely out of plastic with the lifelike similarity of a small girl about 7 years old. She wears an immaculate prim and proper 20th century style outfit with lace embroidery, shiny ruby slippers, pigtails and has a look on her face of pensive sadness - wide eyed - as if on the verge of tears.

Place her securely in the middle of nowhere, like in a small grove of a forest, a field, or the back alley of an unused industrial area, so that she looks as if she is standing there waiting.

Hunters in the forest, farmers, or late night streetwalkers respectively, will see this surreal sight from a distance, of a small girl standing, alone and waiting.

As they approach, proximity sensors will start a digital recording of her weeping, and tears will start to roll down her rosy red cheeks.

Waiting Elizabeths can be dotted around the countryside or city in as obscure and desolate places as possible to provoke the most reaction from the viewer.

The project would attempt to make a statement about our current world situation - the forgotten child, waiting, dependant on the adult - a site specific metaphor for what we take for granted, and the repercussions of not thinking about each other, our environment and where progress is blindly taking us.

benfrost, Feb 20 2005

(?) Elizabeth inside http://shilohpostcards.com/p10577.jpg
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       sounds like the subject of many a ghost story.
po, Feb 20 2005
  

       im still scared at night by the little boy in 'the grudge'.
benfrost, Feb 20 2005
  

       would you put a little sticker on it, saying : This project attempts to make a statement about our current world situation - the forgotten child, waiting, dependant on the adult - a site specific metaphor for what we take for granted, and the repercussions of not thinking about each other, our environment and where progress is blindly taking us.   

       otherwise, you might discover catholic priests lurking around your art exhibit with their hands in their pockets.....;)
Sp@rkp|ug, Feb 20 2005
  

       Damn. Wish I would've thought of it. Then I would have made it for real. Brilliantly eerie.
Trickytracks, Feb 20 2005
  

       You'll have hell to pay in rants from Objectivists, though.   

       Nevethless, it would hellishly funny to watch people's reaction. Especially if it was advanced animatronics, made to pull scary faces at viewers.
Cats Whiskers, Feb 20 2005
  

       Ooh! Ooh! Can we add sound to this?
Trickytracks, Feb 20 2005
  

       Spooky and very cool. I wonder how many people would understand the meaning of her without a placard placed somewhere near her, though. To be quite honest, though, if I came across something like that in the middle of nowhere, I'd probably run the other way. Like po said, ghost story-esque.   

       (ps. the little boy in "The Grudge" freaked me out to the point where I had to sleep with the closet light on in my bedroom for a week :) It also didn't help to have small animals jumping onto my roof from the neighbor's and scurrying about.)
Machiavelli, Feb 20 2005
  

       Shall we model them after the grudge children.. Oh yeah, and the little girl in Dark Water (incidentally by the same director).   

       Or try different designs and award a prize to the designer whose creation causes the greatest number of passers by to wet themselves.
Cats Whiskers, Feb 20 2005
  

       They should be inflatable and come in sets of three. The motion sensors would be placed far enough from the girl that witnesses swear she just vanishes, only to pop up in another spot.   

       Wouldn't people just steal them?
simonj, Nov 23 2007
  
      
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