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eyelikeart
Mar 25, 2004, 10:42 AM
story here (http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040325/ap_on_re_eu/greenland_red_iceberg)

I'd love to do something like this. :D

MongoTheGeek
Mar 25, 2004, 10:51 AM
When I first saw the headline on Yahoo about it I thought it was some greenpeace/PETA protest

eyelikeart
Mar 25, 2004, 10:57 AM
When I first saw the headline on Yahoo about it I thought it was some greenpeace/PETA protest

I didn't think that before, but now that u mention it I can. They did have that KFC stuff posted yesterday. :eek:

gwuMACaddict
Mar 25, 2004, 11:12 AM
my view on art is this...

if i can do it, it's not art... ;)

this isn't art... i put bubbles and dye in our university fountain every spring... no one calls THAT art! ;) gimme a break with this... i'm surprised that no one is complaining that the dye is going to harm the environment in some way... ;)

wdlove
Mar 25, 2004, 11:41 AM
I guess that we will just have to wait and see what the reason was for painting the iceberg red. Wonder if he got any government funding?

wordmunger
Mar 25, 2004, 11:47 AM
I think it's kind of pretty:

http://www.galleristen.dk/Billeder/Galleri/Kan%20kopieressmall.jpg

I don't know what it means, though. It's definitely more "artistic" than throwing soap suds in the fountain. It's more along the lines of the farmer who drove his tractor into the Washington Monument reflecting pool.

JesseJames
Mar 25, 2004, 11:59 AM
Honestly, I just don't get most of these installation "artists". Maybe I'm just more traditional.
I saw a guy who covered a small shack inside and out with monterey jack melted cheese the other night on a TV show.
Still don't see how that qualifies as art. I just see it as a waste of food and a big freaking mess someone has to clean up.

Mr. Anderson
Mar 25, 2004, 12:16 PM
I think this has been done before - and they did a pretty small iceberg. :P

Also, I think with all the money they spent on this they could have managed better pics - and ones from a plane as well.

D

wdlove
Mar 25, 2004, 01:23 PM
I think it's kind of pretty:

http://www.galleristen.dk/Billeder/Galleri/Kan%20kopieressmall.jpg

I don't know what it means, though. It's definitely more "artistic" than throwing soap suds in the fountain. It's more along the lines of the farmer who drove his tractor into the Washington Monument reflecting pool.

Thank you for posting that picture wordmunger. I think that in your picture it is truly a thing of beauty. It is seeing the other icebergs as well that really make the picture.

Dros
Mar 25, 2004, 01:56 PM
The red iceberg is somewhat pretty. But the surrounding icebergs are truly beautiful in their natural state. The artist says, "we all have a need to decorate Nature". At least that sounds better than his previous work, displaying goldfish in blenders and inviting people to turn them on. Sounds like he has a need to sully Nature.

Vector
Mar 25, 2004, 02:22 PM
The red iceberg is somewhat pretty. But the surrounding icebergs are truly beautiful in their natural state. The artist says, "we all have a need to decorate Nature". At least that sounds better than his previous work, displaying goldfish in blenders and inviting people to turn them on. Sounds like he has a need to sully Nature.

Or maybe he is just doing this to make everyone else appreciate the beauty of the natural icebergs by seeing the contrast.

Then again maybe i am just full of ****.

JesseJames
Mar 25, 2004, 02:38 PM
Worlds biggest snow cone? Italian ice? :D

bennetsaysargh
Mar 25, 2004, 04:39 PM
holy crap!
now you made me want some italian ice. gotta go down to queens now :)

i see it as kinda cool, but not art. art to me is something that will be remembered for years and is not just one thing. although it looks really cool :)

raynegus
Mar 25, 2004, 05:31 PM
That is one of the stupidist things I've ever seen. Talk about someone who needs to get a life.

Macmaniac
Mar 25, 2004, 06:49 PM
Perhaps painting the white-house green would be his next project;)

evil_santa
Mar 25, 2004, 07:08 PM
they should have done it in photoshop. a lot easier and i didnt get cold or wet feet :D

howard
Mar 25, 2004, 07:31 PM
waste of time and money in my opinion but hey, whatever floats your.......iceberg....

bennetsaysargh
Mar 25, 2004, 08:12 PM
they should have done it in photoshop. a lot easier and i didnt get cold or wet feet :D

damn! you beat me to it! i was going to do the same thing :p

Doctor Q
Mar 25, 2004, 08:12 PM
Some people have a funny way of painting the town red.

wdlove
Mar 25, 2004, 09:46 PM
Some people have a funny way of painting the town red.

Is that still a current phrase Doctor Q? I can remember my father say that.
You are the first that I've heard say that since him! ;)

Some Italian Ice will sound good this summer. :)

Doctor Q
Mar 25, 2004, 11:01 PM
Is that still a current phrase?...I've only heard it in movies. See this page (http://phrases.shu.ac.uk/bulletin_board/2/messages/313.html) for some interesting history of the phrase!

Doctor Q
Mar 25, 2004, 11:34 PM
The red iceberg project reminds me the grand public art of the Bulgarian-born artist named Cristo.

He placed 1,340 blue umbrellas in Japan's rice fields and 1,760 yellow umbrellas onto the sides of a California mountain range.

http://members.chello.se/madeleine.lans/cvsite/Christo/images/umbrella.jpg

http://www.petert.com/umbrellas3.jpeg

He wrapped 6.5 million feet of pink fabric around the islands off Florida's Biscayne Bay:

http://witcombe.sbc.edu/modernism/images/christowrappedislands.jpg

He built a 24-mile fabric fence across California:

http://www.moonvalleystudio.com/oldies/christo2.jpg

And he wrapped the Reichstag building in Berlin in silver fabric!

http://www.christojeanneclaude.net/sharedMedia/WrappedReichstag/wr1.jpg

Opteron
Mar 25, 2004, 11:52 PM
they should have done it in photoshop. a lot easier and i didnt get cold or wet feet :D

I hear you loud and clear

michaelrjohnson
Mar 26, 2004, 12:50 AM
The red iceberg project reminds me the grand public art of the Bulgarian-born artist named Cristo.

He placed 1,340 blue umbrellas in Japan's rice fields and 1,760 yellow umbrellas onto the sides of a California mountain range.

http://members.chello.se/madeleine.lans/cvsite/Christo/images/umbrella.jpg

http://www.petert.com/umbrellas3.jpeg

He wrapped 6.5 million feet of pink fabric around the islands off Florida's Biscayne Bay:

http://witcombe.sbc.edu/modernism/images/christowrappedislands.jpg

He built a 24-mile fabric fence across California:

http://www.moonvalleystudio.com/oldies/christo2.jpg

And he wrapped the Reichstag building in Berlin in silver fabric!

http://www.christojeanneclaude.net/sharedMedia/WrappedReichstag/wr1.jpg


first of all, i was thinking the EXACT same thing. and many of you may not know this, but I am an art major. yes. art. and the topic at hand not only qualifies as art, i think its a darn good project. art is about message. his message is that we should decorate nature, that it is ours, and we should mold it to suit our desires. now, i don't necessarily agree with his message (and really dont' like his previously stated work) but when you look at it, there is something beautiful about the contrast between the red iceburg and the natural surroundings.

as for cristo: amazing. (BTW, all of cristo's works are privately funded, mostly by himself)

crenz
Mar 26, 2004, 06:47 AM
they should have done it in photoshop. a lot easier and i didnt get cold or wet feet :D

LOL :p I think I like yours better than the original...

crenz
Mar 26, 2004, 06:50 AM
his message is that we should decorate nature, that it is ours, and we should mold it to suit our desires.

Thanks for your clarification. Makes it a whole lot easier to understand why he's doing this.

krimson
Mar 26, 2004, 08:32 AM
The red iceberg project reminds me the grand public art of the Bulgarian-born artist named Cristo.

He placed 1,340 blue umbrellas in Japan's rice fields and 1,760 yellow umbrellas onto the sides of a California mountain range.
And he wrapped the Reichstag building in Berlin in silver fabric!



damn, you beat me to it. I think he's doing something in NYC currently...

jayscheuerle
Mar 26, 2004, 10:40 AM
How many harp seal babies were beaten to completely cover this 'berg with their blood. Will the senseless violence never stop?!

Dros
Mar 26, 2004, 11:10 AM
first of all, i was thinking the EXACT same thing. and many of you may not know this, but I am an art major. yes. art. and the topic at hand not only qualifies as art, i think its a darn good project. art is about message. his message is that we should decorate nature, that it is ours, and we should mold it to suit our desires. now, i don't necessarily agree with his message (and really dont' like his previously stated work) but when you look at it, there is something beautiful about the contrast between the red iceburg and the natural surroundings.


I still think it is mediocre as art. It seems very derivative.

michaelrjohnson
Mar 26, 2004, 11:47 AM
I still think it is mediocre as art. It seems very derivative.

we have to ask, though, what is the work?

is the work of art the process he had to go through to dye it? the reaction of the local population? the single photograph? it's effects on nature? I don't know.

jsw
Mar 26, 2004, 12:04 PM
we have to ask, though, what is the work?

is the work of art the process he had to go through to dye it? the reaction of the local population? the single photograph? it's effects on nature? I don't know.

The true "work of art" is coming later. The guy's going to print up all the web comments on his work and stick them to the iceberg. It's a comment on the perceived solidity of our ideas and how, ultimately, they deteriorate (i.e., melt into pieces) as they drift.

Much like these threads.

:)

jayscheuerle
Mar 26, 2004, 12:07 PM
we have to ask, though, what is the work?

is the work of art the process he had to go through to dye it? the reaction of the local population? the single photograph? it's effects on nature? I don't know.

Same could be asked about music too.

Doctor Q
Mar 26, 2004, 01:06 PM
How many harp seal babies were beaten to completely cover this 'berg with their blood.Nineteen. Their names were Inky, Winky, Blinky, Sue, Harpo, Chico, Groucho, Gummo, Zeppo, Marlon, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Michael, Posh, Scary, Sporty, Ginger, and Baby. And yes, they signed the necessary release papers. ;)

wdlove
Mar 26, 2004, 01:39 PM
Nineteen. Their names were Inky, Winky, Blinky, Sue, Harpo, Chico, Groucho, Gummo, Zeppo, Marlon, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Michael, Posh, Scary, Sporty, Ginger, and Baby. And yes, they signed the necessary release papers. ;)

That is a very good come back Doctor Q! ;)

bennetsaysargh
Mar 27, 2004, 10:42 AM
Nineteen. Their names were Inky, Winky, Blinky, Sue, Harpo, Chico, Groucho, Gummo, Zeppo, Marlon, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Michael, Posh, Scary, Sporty, Ginger, and Baby. And yes, they signed the necessary release papers. ;)

so that's why harpo left last week in such a hurry :(