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Art That Can Do Some Damage

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

"Walk the Walk," a public art performance piece created by 34-year-old Kate Gilmore, features a group of women in high-heeled beige shoes, bright yellow dresses, and, on chilly days, bright red sweaters, walking, stomping, and shuffling around each other on an eight-foot-high platform by Bryant Park.

Gilmore's contribution to the Whitney Biennial is a video in which she's in the process of smashing through the plaster walls of a column in which she's encased.

Now, she's turned the box inside-out. And its the performers who are engaging in an endurance test. They walk in two shifts -- morning and evening. And it's not easy, according to one of the performers, Geneva Sills.

In Gowanus, developer David Belt, the creator of the dumpster pool, has unveiled his project, "Glassphemy."

It's a 20-by-30-foot cube made of bulletproof glass and steel. Participants stand on one end of the structure and hurl glass bottles towards participants standing safely on the other side.

The bottles are donated by bars in the neighborhood and the broken glass will be recycled.

Belt has teamed up with the design magazine Readymade for a contest soliciting your suggestions for things to make out of broken glass.

David Belt/Macro-Sea and Chris Mottalini
The "Glassphemy!" steel cage.
David Belt/Macro-Sea and Chris Mottalini
Vibration-sensitive lights flash when bottles shatter in the cage.
David Belt/Macro-Sea and Chris Mottalini
A view to the target... your friends behind a bulletproof glass wall.
David Belt/Macro-Sea and Chris Mottalini
Shards of glass inside the "Glassphemy!"
David Belt/Macro-Sea and Chris Mottalini
A lamp made from reused glass shards.

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Comments [1]

Rinaldo from nyc

you've got to be kidding...

May. 13 2010 03:08 PM

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