“There is no decahedron like a snowdecahedron.” -Plato
By Sophia Gambitsis
Today I decided to google temporary public art as I was exploring putting objects in a public space. The interest I had in this work was the temporary factor, as I’m not intrigued by art that stays put. For instance Donald Judd, a minimalist, believed that work made for a site should stay and not be moved around. The work I found by Sternof Beyer in south station, Union Square, Porter Square, 2011, was enjoyable as well as the public, the playful manner of these works and how people were surprised by them. After a heavy snow storm Beyer’s original thought was to build cement dodecahedrons, but “when it began to snow it was just the perfect medium, this temporary, packable sculptural material everywhere, and I just started going out and making them.” (Quoted in an interview.) I can greatly agree with this spontaneous change in material as with my own work, playing with material and surroundings is both fun and interesting. I think that the cement sculptures would not have had a great impact because they would have been heavy and boring in a gallery, although the shape would still be beautiful. I say it would still be beautiful since the snow ones blend into the surroundings and are more delicate. This makes me appreciate the shape more due to its temporary element. I would like to convey this through my ‘Relax’ sculptures in public with items that are visually calming and temporary.
The reason why I enjoyed these documented images of the work (as I was not present) was because of the people’s faces when they saw the work. It reminds me of how I react whenever I find a sculpture in the city. It adds an element of inspiration to my day. Also, the solitude shots of the geometric cubes are humorous to me as it’s so small and cute amongst a big grungy city. It’s comparable to white walls in a clean gallery out in the streets. The useful factors of this work include how one can take a work out of gallery context and have a more playful manner within the city. Also the use of the elements in the city were very clever and beautiful.