I think it’s fair to say we were all pretty groggy today. The heat and toil of the past few days combined with another day of manic weather (downpour to sweltering sunshine) made ROLU less visible on the Field. But, like any public art project, there’s always loads of “invisible” labor to be done like email, buying supplies, and in this case, covering and uncovering the outdoor galleries with tarps to keep up with the ever shifting weather. The work kept rolling along after ROLU and some Walker folks sat around a table this morning eating donuts and talking about ROLU’s practice. I think we were all in agreement that we’re in the midst of something special, and the infectious sincerity and generosity that Matt, Mike and Sammie have towards making and learning seemed to imbue the group with a revitalized appreciation of art and the Walker.
The photo-worthy moments came later in the day when the sun allowed for a few good hours of building.
Ellsworth Kelly’s Gate needed some extra support today. The orange beauty is getting some rehab after an unexpected fall and crack.
Initially a set-back, the yellow yarn Sammie selected for Fred Sandback’s Yellow Corner Piece was too goldenrod for the piece.
Nothing a little paint couldn’t fix.
Meanwhile, Mike had picked up a spectrum of colored plexiglass to build Charles Biederman’s Work No. 59…
…and some heavy metal for Richard Serra’s Prop.
Inside I was hanging the results of last night’s photo shoot, when visitors were invited to frame up and shoot their own version of Alec Soth’s New Orleans, Louisiana from a diorama ROLU made of the image. If you manage to get to the Walker between now and the 29th of July, look for the wall that compares the public’s interpretation of the original, next to the original. It’s fascinating.
The guys will be outside tomorrow, stop by and say hello!