This weekend marks the opening of author, artist, and filmmaker Miranda July‘s sculpture installation of Elven Heavy Things in Union Square Park, New York. Originally shown at the Venice Biennale in 2009, the work consists of eleven fiber-glass and steel lined pieces that invite viewer participation to complete the piece–to stand on pedestals inscribed with phrases like What I Look Like When I’m Lying, The Guiltiest One, and We Don’t Know Each Other We’re Just Hugging for the Picture…, place limbs through holes in the sculptures, and stand beneath headdresses. These actions transform the works from still sculptures into interactive, performance based works. July encourages visitors to photograph themselves posing with the sculptures, and to then upload them to websites, sharing them with friends. July explains that once the photographs are shared, “the audience changes, and the subject clearly becomes the participants, revealing themselves through the work.”
more images and links after the jump…
The work is sponsored by Deitch Projects, the Union Square Partnership, and NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. According to the Wall Street Journal, the project was originally intended for Washington Square Park, but due to renovation plans, was moved to Union Square Park.
Exhibition Site [Deitch Projects]
Artist July’s Work Set for Union Square Run [Wall Street Journal]
Miranda July [Artist’s Website]
Miranda July’s ‘Eleven Heavy Things’ Comes to Union Square Park [Union Square Partnership]