Part 5. Project 3. Research Point – Wrapped Trees etc

In this exercise I am to look at a project called ‘Wrapped Trees’, then, a series of example exhibitions as detailed in the course manual.

Surrounded IslandsChristo and Jeanne-Claude

Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980-83
Christojeanneclaude.net. (2019). [online] Available at: https://www.christojeanneclaude.net/__data/605bf1a7335940611b138ff04723ef50.jpg [Accessed 16 Dec. 2019].

In 1983 two artists (Christo and Jeanne-Claude) surrounded eleven islands with 6.5 million square feet of floating pink woven polypropylene. According to their website they did this to  ‘underline the various elements and ways in which the people of Miami live, between land and water.

At a guess I would assume that they did this so that people could view their artwork from different angles and through different methods. Flying over it might give a different message from approaching it on the causeway which would be different again to approaching it by boat. It would certainly be classed as a piece of land art on the scale that it interacts with its environment.

The course manual asks me if I agree with the given analysis. I do, but then I find the analysis very factual, facts are hard to disagree with! “Surrounded Islands sees textiles used on an extremely large scale to both define and cover aspects of the natural environment”, in response to that I think that they have certainly used a lot of fabric, the fabric is sewn to highlight the contours of the island….and it’s covering the water….so yes?!

Wrapped Trees Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Wrapped Trees, Fondation Beyeler and Berower Park, Riehen, Switzerland, 1997-98
Christojeanneclaude.net. (2019). [online] Available at: https://www.christojeanneclaude.net/__data/6fb9229e8c4acbaa867cf94610acaa71.jpg [Accessed 16 Dec. 2019].

Wrapped Trees took place in Germany in 1998. Approximately 178 trees were wrapped in 592,015 square feet of woven polyester fabric. This is apparently a technique used by the Japanese to protect trees from heavy snow each winter.

The course manual instructs me to respond to the following quote from the point of view of the textile rather than the trees;

“The ‘wrapping’ is NOT at all the common denominator of the works. What is really the common denominator is the use of fabric, cloth, textile. Fragile, sensuous and temporary materials which translate the temporary character of the works of art.”

To be honest I’m stumped. I understand that the fabric will blow with the wind and that the tree within will contort it into different shapes, I suspect that there is probably a statement in there somewhere about mans interaction/control with the landscape. But try as I might I just do not understand why someone would want to bag up a tree. So confused.

Yayoi Kusama – Infinity Mirrored Room 1998

Image result for yayoi kusama infinity mirrored room 1998
Phaidon. (2019). The fantastical world of Yayoi Kusama | Art | Agenda | Phaidon. [online] Available at: https://uk.phaidon.com/agenda/art/picture-galleries/2012/february/02/the-fantastical-world-of-yayoi-kusama/ [Accessed 16 Dec. 2019].

Art or Design

Temporary or Permanent

Large Scale or Small Scale

Transforming and/or Defining and/or Forming

Immersive and/or Distant

Pattern and/or Colour and/or Repetition and/or Shape

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec – Clouds

clouds-by-ronan-and-erwan-bouroullec-6.jpg
Static.dezeen.com. (2019). [online] Available at: http://static.dezeen.com/uploads/2009/01/clouds-by-ronan-and-erwan-bouroullec-6.jpg [Accessed 16 Dec. 2019].

Art or Design

Temporary or Permanent

Large scale or Small scale

Transforming and/or Defining and/or Forming

Immersive and/or Distant

Pattern and/or Colour and/or Repetition and/or Shape

Marianne Straub – Moquette Textile 1970

Colour transparency, C69 stock Circle line train, interior view by Dr Heinz Zinram, 2 June 1970
Images.ltmuseum.co.uk. (2019). [online] Available at: https://images.ltmuseum.co.uk/images/max/25/015225.jpg [Accessed 16 Dec. 2019].

Images.ltmuseum.co.uk. (2019). [online] Available at: https://images.ltmuseum.co.uk/images/max/25/015225.jpg [Accessed 16 Dec. 2019].

I was a bit miffed to see the upholstery for underground trains turn up in this exercise. I want to use them for my Assignment at the end of this module and thought I’d come up with an idea that was a bit unique!

Art or Design

Temporary or Permanent

Large scale or Small scale

Transforming and/or Defining and/or Forming

Immersive and/or Distant

Pattern and/or Colour and/or Repetition and/or Shape

Static.dezeen.com. (2019). [online] Available at: http://static.dezeen.com/uploads/2009/01/clouds-by-ronan-and-erwan-bouroullec-6.jpg [Accessed 16 Dec. 2019].

events, F., CollectionsCollections online The collection Stories Vehicles Posters Photographs People Sound recordings Uniforms Archives Drawings Equipment Infrastructure Maps Ephemera Vehicle parts Artwork Models Library Relics Signs Technical documents Tickets Timetables Film & Video Projects and partnerships Battle Bus Edward Johnston Frank Pick Moquette Project Where are all the women? District 150 Q stock restoration LGBT+ collecting Depot Discovery Rail vehicles Road vehicles Engineering and technology Design and environment Maps, f., Depot Discovery Rail vehicles Road vehicles Engineering and technology Design and environment Maps, f., Maps, s., Photography, f., blog, M., partnerships, C., partnerships, P., Friends, L., members, C. and members, C. (2019). Photographs. [online] Ltmuseum.co.uk. Available at: https://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/collections/collections-online/photographs/item/2001-5225?&apiurl=aHR0cHM6Ly9hcGkubHRtdXNldW0uY28udWsvYWxsP3Nob3J0PTEmc2tpcD0wJmxpbWl0PTQ4JnE9c3RyYXVi [Accessed 16 Dec. 2019].

Etherington, R. (2019). Clouds by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec | Dezeen. [online] Dezeen. Available at: https://www.dezeen.com/2009/01/16/clouds-by-ronan-and-erwan-bouroullec/ [Accessed 16 Dec. 2019].

Phaidon. (2019). The fantastical world of Yayoi Kusama | Art | Agenda | Phaidon. [online] Available at: https://uk.phaidon.com/agenda/art/picture-galleries/2012/february/02/the-fantastical-world-of-yayoi-kusama/ [Accessed 16 Dec. 2019].

CBC. (2019). 12 places where you can find a Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirror Room right now | CBC Arts. [online] Available at: https://www.cbc.ca/arts/12-places-where-you-can-find-a-yayoi-kusama-infinity-mirror-room-right-now-1.4893108 [Accessed 16 Dec. 2019].

Artribune. (2019). Kusama mania | Artribune. [online] Available at: https://www.artribune.com/report/2011/11/kusama-mania/ [Accessed 16 Dec. 2019].

BBC. (2019). BBC Arts – BBC Arts – Wrap stars: Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s 50 years of pop-up art. [online] Available at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2LFSrLK9XjRxLqTRNdftLqd/wrap-stars-christo-and-jeanne-claudes-50-years-of-pop-up-art [Accessed 16 Dec. 2019].

Christojeanneclaude.net. (2019). Projects | Surrounded Islands. [online] Available at: https://www.christojeanneclaude.net/projects/surrounded-islands [Accessed 16 Dec. 2019].

Christojeanneclaude.net. (2019). [online] Available at: https://www.christojeanneclaude.net/__data/6fb9229e8c4acbaa867cf94610acaa71.jpg [Accessed 16 Dec. 2019].

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