UNDER THE SEA, the newest exhibit in Kidspace at MASS MoCA, opens this Saturday, October 1! There will be a special opening party this Saturday from 11-4pm, featuring demonstrations from the artists. ¬†Visitors can learn how to create intricate pipe-cleaner weavings, cardboard fish, and even a surfboard!
The artists providing our under-water world are hard at work transforming Kidspace into the ocean.¬† We checked in on the progress and couldn‚Äôt believe our eyes‚Ä¶
Using cardboard, sculptor James Grashow created a rainbow of fish swimming through Kidspace with their mermaid friend (Under the Corrugated Sea).
Guess what Johnston Foster‘s sharks are made of? ¬†Debris from dumpsters and the side of the road–impressive! (Part of the Life Psychotic series)
Remember, “fish are friends, not food”… (humans, too!)
Recycled art expert¬†Aurora Robson created this tar ball out of discarded PET bottles (Belch). ¬†She installed her pieces 9 months pregnant and her baby is due this weekend! (just in time to enjoy UNDER THE SEA :D)
To create this piece, Aurora ¬†ONLY used¬†plastic marine debris that the¬†Hawaii Wildlife Fund collected during a coastal clean up–no paint, glue, or tape. ¬† Though it was all found in Hawaii, the trash has evidence of being from all over the world, putting human littering habits into perspective (Kamilo).
In addition to these under-water wonders, UNDER THE SEA will feature:
-A¬†coral reef and oil spill made out of pipe-cleaners
-Seaweed sculptures of spoons and slippers
-Photographs of clownfish (Nemo!) and damselfish
Activities at Kidspace will include using materials like pipe cleaners to craft your own fish friends.
Kidspace recognizes that everyone is a kid at heart; all adults and kids are welcome! And it’s free!