Build a speedy and playful sculpture! Find a base, like your finger or bottle, and an object to precariously position on top. Inspired by artist Erwin Wurm's One Minute Sculptures (more on that below), we're testing out this quick project as an entrypoint for exploring balance. Here are some ideas for getting started:
Choose a theme to inspire your creation. For example, use fruit or kitchen utensils to build a "balanced diet" sculpture.
Gather everyday materials to explore. This activity invites you to use familiar materials in unfamiliar ways. Look around your space from a different perspective: what could be a base? What could be a balancer?
Stumble upon sculptures. What accidental sculptures made out of stacked objects do you notice in the natural world or in your everyday life?
Go on a material scavenger hunt for objects that could serve as the base of your balance sculpture. Collect objects that taper to a small point, like pencils, bottles, pepper grinders, watering can spouts, and silverware, and rocks. Get started right away by balancing something on your finger, or even your head!
Gather everyday objects to balance on top of your base! Kitchen utensils, tools, art supplies, and even fruits and vegetables can become interesting balancing objects. How do more symmetrical items compare to more lopsided objects, like hammers?
Take photos and videos of your speedy sculptures as you test out different objects and arrangements. Share your explorations with us — even if they aren't working the way you expected. Sometimes, videos of sculptures falling apart are even more interesting than perfectly stable structures!
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Featured Artist: Erwin Wurm
This speedy balance sculpture prompt is based on artist Erwin Wurm's One Minute Sculptures. The project features familiar objects in unexpected arrangements with a dose of absurdity. People are invited to engage in unusual and even physically challenging interactions with everyday objects including buckets, balls, bicycles and even fruit. A few of our favorites are below:
Photo credit: Erwin Wurm, One Minute Sculptures.