Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Street Sculpture

produce pothole pottery
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Search the streets of your city, country or the globe for ideal potholes. Mark off each area with borrowed traffic cones/sawhorses. Fill the hole with plaster, clay, silicone or cold asphalt.

When it’s hardened, remove the wart-shaped cast from the mold. Add color, mount and label it with city, address and date. Call them art and hang in a gallery.

FarmerJohn, Dec 15 2003

Rachael Whiteread. http://www.tate.org...years/whiteread.htm
Winner of the Turner Prize in 1994. [sufc, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Boyle Family works http://www.boylefam...le/works/index.html
looks like it kropotkin [FarmerJohn, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]


       Would be a nice addition to my garage.
v0rtexx, Dec 15 2003

       If you were to use a mixture of puss, phlegm, vomit, urine, faeces and dead animal parts instead of plaster (etc) you might be in with a shout for the Turner prize!
dobtabulous, Dec 15 2003

       Poor puss.

On second thoughts, our cats are responsible for copious quantities of vomit, urine, faeces and dead animal parts around the house, so maybe not. No phlegm, though. I wonder why not?
English Bob, Dec 15 2003

       Sorry for any confusion - not "puss" as in cat, "puss" as in teenager-popping-spots-on-face.   

       Makes you wonder what vOrtexx's garage is like doesn't it?
dobtabulous, Dec 15 2003

       sp: pus. Apologies for the lame joke. And yes, I too wonder about that garage full of priceless art.

In case you were wondering, FarmerJohn, I liked the idea and gave it a croissant. A silicone one, in a fetching shade of purple.
English Bob, Dec 15 2003

       The exact opposite of this has been done. One (successful) artist would set down a largish square (6' if I remember rightly), and fill it with silicone to capture all the loose items within, and make a cast of the surface, then painstakingly reproduce the surface to look like the original, complete with garbage, loose stones, etc. And then, of course, hang in on the wall. Really quite interesting.   

       Then again, there's that woman who takes casts of the insides of rooms, and presents those as art. Most effective one was for a Holocaust memorial.
DrCurry, Dec 15 2003

       I don't get it. How is this a clock?
phundug, Dec 15 2003

       "Makes you wonder what vOrtexx's garage is like doesn't it?"   

       hah, in response, I like to collect all kinds of junk and chuck/hide it away in my garage. For example my ford. :)
v0rtexx, Dec 16 2003

       I wonder how many of these it would take to fill Albert Hall.
waugsqueke, Dec 16 2003

       Dr Curry: I don't know if this is who you meant, but British artists the Boyle Family have made a career out of carefully reproducing 6 foot square areas of wasteland, streets, quarries, etc. Some of their works are astonishingly realistic.
kropotkin, Dec 16 2003

       // I don't get it. How is this a clock? // and // Thanks phundug, I thought I was the only one who didn't get it. Oh, yeah it's a clock because... no that's not right. //   

       I give up - I can't see any clock reference in the idea. Why are [phundug] and [Robert C] talking about clocks? please explain as this is driving me crazy thinking I must be missing something or being excluded from an 'in' joke - I hate that!
dobtabulous, Dec 16 2003

       It's cute when you get angry, [dob]. Check out [FarmerJohn]'s page of ideas.
k_sra, Dec 16 2003

       Thanks [k_sra]. I checked out his page - it's crammed full of ideas but I couldn't detect an overwhelming preponderance of clock-related issues - do I take it that clockological pursuits are something of a hobby for the good farmer?
dobtabulous, Dec 17 2003

       I will try this
downstroy, May 23 2004

       Capp Street Project in San Francisco had an installation a few years ago in the gallery (while they were on Second Street) where someone (maybe the artist alluded to above, don't know) reproduced exactly the street immediately outside the street level gallery, and installed it, wall to wall, a few feet off the ground, right up to the windows. You could stand outside on the sidewalk and line up the details inch for inch. Just like a chunk of street was shifted 30 feet left, and 3 feet up. I imagined some inconceivable being got drunk one night while messing around with the cut and paste in their Photoshop program (Reality 3D version) and forgot to hit the delete button.
oxen crossing, May 24 2004

       /Add color/   

       I wonder what sort of colors would be appropriate for the inverted guts of a pothole? Garish, Peter Max type colors leap to mind but might pull the creation too far from its pothole provenance. Perhaps a bicolor spraypaint intended to highlight textural aspects?
bungston, Dec 22 2008


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