Jul 13

I saw something very cool today at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke.

Jimmy Grashow spent 3 years making this larger-than-life-sized corrugated cardboard sculpture.  Can you imagine?

He plans to install it outside in 2011 and use it as a real fountain until it disintegrates.  I don’t understand this really, but I’m so thankful I got to see it.

And I look forward to this film too.

8 Responses to ““The Cardboard Bernini””

  1. Christina Says:

    Wow! Who thought cardboard could be so beautiful. I can’t imagine spending that much time on something and then choosing to use it for something that would just make it disintegrate. Makes me consider re-thinking my ungenerous policy about shoes on the quilts I have made; perhaps it’s better to just let them be enjoyed.

  2. Grama Ginny Fry Says:

    Art is a process, not a product. While the artist was in the act of making this extraordinary piece, THAT was the art. It is a pleasure for us to enjoy it as long as it lasts; however, the only even semi-permanent things in life, I think, are works of architecture, and even they are subject to the whims of nature, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes. If the artist chooses cardboard, as he has as his medium, it has a predictable fate. This goes for sand-paintings, sand-castles, and weavings. (Moths can find them.)

    As for shoes on quilts, we must learn early on to respect our own and others’ works of art. It’s important to treat them kindly while fully appreciating and enjoying them.

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  4. Jenny Star Lor Says:

    this is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    omg, i want to visit this museum to check it out!

  5. muralimanohar Says:

    I love this guy’s work. Incredible! I do slightly understand him, though…once I have made something, usually I give it away, because I don’t want to see it anymore..and once it’s someone else’s, I don’t shed a single tear about what they might do with it. It’s theirs, not mine, and I don’t mind what they do with their stuff. I got my fun making this thing that gave me and them so much pleasure to give and receive. :)

  6. Mary Best Says:

    The funny thing is that I was looking up a lesson plan for the high school class I will teach art to, and the art teacher suggested cardboard art. I just find it funny how I came across this post, cardboard is amazing to work with and easy (depends on your idea of easy), but this is awesome. I will definitely have to show my art teacher.

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