The inspiration for this project comes from the monumental collaborative works of the artist
couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude (Christo passed away on May 18th). I will introduce
students to their work, and also show them examples of yarnbombing projects. Although the
two bodies of work are quite different from each other, they share the ability to create dramatic
interventions into public spaces, intentionally upsetting the status quo. Often they are as
engaging politically as they are visually.
There are 3 variables to consider:
– What is being wrapped
– Where the piece is located
– The choice of material used to wrap
Like the legs of a stool, each one of these supports the other and will have a huge effect on the
finished work. Getting them to work together in support of a clear idea is the key to a successful
You will do this assignment in 2 steps.
1. Create a small wrapped sculpture that can fit in your hand or pocket. The object should be something that is relatively simple, but has strong enough features that will show through the wrap. You should use this as an experiment to find out what makes for an interesting wrapping material. How much of the object do you want to hide? How much detail should show through the wrap? What makes a good wrapping material? What can you use to bind the wrapping?
2. Do another sculpture, but larger and possibly site specific. Wrapping carries a lot of possible meanings and contexts. How can you navigate the plethora of possibilities? What happens if you wrap a tree branch in newspaper? A chair in vinyl? How does wrapping your mailbox in tape speak to the current political climate?
Brainstorm possible object and material combinations and bring your results to your group.
Small object due 10/1
Final object due 10/15
Don’t forget, documentation is a big part of your grade!
Check out these examples.