|Doughnut wall at EATLACMA, November 2010.|
|Digging up potatoes as part of The Way Potatoes Go.|
|Washing our potatoes at LACMA.|
|Bari Ziperstein (center) builds plate mandala.|
I loved being able to contribute plates to the project, but I didn't expect to have my photo taken with the plates when the girls and I dropped them off at Bari's studio. Each plate was carefully numbered and documented as they were contributed to the project. On the day of the closing event, this collection of plates was assembled into a mandala. At 3:30 pm, participants were allowed to choose new plates in exchange for the number of plates they had previously contributed. Like most public art events, there was a certain amount of confusion regarding plate selection etiquette. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I was partially responsible for what I believe was the day's only plate-crashing incident. I was in line behind a very nice photographer who was slowly perusing the collection. When he lifted a large, ugly plate to reveal a stack of small plates shaped like ears of corn, I couldn't help letting out a squeal of delight. They were just what I was looking for-- kitschy, classic, and fun all at once. The photographer heard my excitement and tried to help me by picking up the plate for me. Unfortunately, his long camera lens smacked into a pile of plates in front of him and knocked a glass sphere off the top of the stack. It went crashing to the floor and broke into a thousand tiny pieces. The crowd gasped in unison and then broke into applause. It was fantastic. I got my corn plate, along with three other charming keepsakes.
All in all, it was a great day for art, and my only regret is that we didn't see more of it. I look forward to inviting Bari over to our house next summer to eat home-grown heirloom potatoes off our new/old plates.
|The plate selection frenzy begins.|