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Lever Labyrinth
DCZilla!On the way to dinner Cathy and I walked by a nondescript skyscraper on Park Avenue and 54th Street. Through the glazing we spotted what turned out to be Peter Wegner's Lever Labyrinth, an installation piece composed of 2.4 million sheets of 12"x12" paper in various shades of green. Curious, we decided to venture off our projected path and explore the maze for a bit. It's a fun piece, mostly because of nostalgic reasons. When I was younger, I used to play around in my father's warehouse. I drove the workers crazy because I would move boxes around, bringing them all in one area and build a fort out of them. It also reminded me of a scene in Lilo and Stitch where Stitch builds a replica of San Francisco out of miscellaneous items around the bedroom and then proceeds to destroy it.

Now I didn't build this piece, nor did I try to destroy it. I didn't want the guards after me and I am not a big fan of papercuts. I'm glad I didn't try because as it turns out, the paper columns were reinforced with steel tubes. While walking through the maze, Cathy noticed that a few sheets of paper looked as though they were floating, so after removing the first 30 or so sheets, the steel reinforcement tube was exposed. Busted!

In one of the more acceptable bullshit artsy concepts stated, Peter Wegner explains:
In this sculpture, the questions are mediated by paper. It's just ordinary paper, not a fine art material. We usually think of paper as nothing but surface, a two-dimensional plane. But paper has a third dimension-the edge. Those edges add up. The sheets become a stack, the stacks become a wall, and the walls become a maze. The various greens of the paper are inspired by the hedges of a garden maze. Lever Labyrinth is nature, abstracted and reconstituted: Paper-formerly pulp, formerly trees.
On display until September 4th 2005 at 390 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022 (by 54th Street)
At 7:35 AM, Anonymous cathy said...

BUSTED haha~! wish I coulda been at the installation's opening night - neways had fun - how was the ride home? & stealing pics :)

 
At 9:46 PM, Anonymous Chief said...

"don't eat me!" gobble gobble gobble....

i was just talking to someone about that scene :o )

i see all these cool things you post from nyc and it makes me wish i was somewhere other than portland... but then i drive around and admire my city and see the rose festival going up, and i think i win. hehe.

 
At 11:20 AM, Blogger Jake said...

I gagged when I read what that Wegner dude had to say.

 
At 11:24 AM, Blogger Jake said...

YO, I might come up to NYC next week for a visit. You gonna be free at all?

 
At 12:31 PM, Blogger DC said...

Definitely, hit up the cell.

 
At 5:54 AM, Anonymous adidasi said...

what a job
i think is not easy to make that

 

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