Saturday, July 19, 2008

Michigan Avenue Photo Safari

CanCan Mannequin - bodice detail, Michigan Ave, Chicago
There's nothing soft, warm or nurturing in this Coca-Cola can creation displayed on Chicago's Michigan Avenue. But is it creative? Inspired? Of that there is no doubt! From the pull-tab corset to the crimped fan of the aluminum skirt, my mind wanders all about trying to figure out, "What did they do here? How did the artist figure that out? How much ended up on the cutting room floor before this metallic confection emerged?

CanCan Mannequin - skirt detail
Questions, questions. Isn't that the beginning of the entire creative process? The dress forms are the result of the retailers association's collaboration with local artists and design students to create an eco-friendly public art installation that stresses reuse and recycling of materials.

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Blogger Chris said...

Wow. That boggles the mind - it's very cool, too!

7/19/2008 04:43:00 PM  
Blogger lv2knit said...

And I have to ask, "How many fingers were cut in the making of this 'garment'?"

7/19/2008 07:01:00 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

I love it. What a wonderfully creative piece of art. I have a pin made from old soda cans that have been cut to look like ladies in dresses. I like the idea of recycled art.

7/19/2008 07:23:00 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

How totally COOL!! :)

7/20/2008 04:17:00 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

LOVE IT! And you're do people get that creative "spark" and think of these things that really turn out so beautifully!

And your PHOTO of it is excellent!

7/20/2008 09:19:00 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

totally cool.
and totally cool photos as well.
and i see. you just brushed off a knee. :)

7/20/2008 09:47:00 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Wow. Just. Wow.

7/20/2008 09:56:00 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Wow! I guess it has been a while since I've made it down to Michigan Ave. Beautiful photos.

7/21/2008 02:04:00 PM  
Blogger kerstin said...

Funny how the diet coke cans were used for the bra portion (whatever the fancy name for that bit is). I like how you managed to get a red car zooming by in the background! There was a similar installation at our mall a few months back. Really wild stuff, amazing to think how it comes about.

7/21/2008 03:26:00 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Wow, that's awesome! Have you been watching Project Runway, too? I loved the plastic cup dress, along similar lines. Thanks for sharing the photos!

7/21/2008 10:04:00 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

That's just amazing!

7/21/2008 10:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howdy!! Dropping in to enjoy your pics! Me too, I think the same as you about the design process. So cool how this "outfit" came about. Take care, thx for sharing :) Terry

7/23/2008 10:54:00 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Very cool! Definitely mannequin wear and not people wear. As a sometimes beader, I especially like the necklace.

7/25/2008 12:44:00 AM  
Blogger lu said...

very cool! and also cool that it inspired you think about creating, i guess that is the best part of creation, it is addictive!

hope you are feeling happy.

7/27/2008 03:51:00 PM  
Blogger lu said...

or maybe a better word is contagious now that i think about it.

7/27/2008 03:52:00 PM  

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