Why we love giant stuff
We love giant stuff at Third Drawer Down, which is why our latest giant stuff dump is bringing the smiles! It's not just about smiles though, there's a little bit of sense to the madness, or a little bit of art rather. Abi has always been inspired by artists such as Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst and Claes Oldenburgand who transformed the mundane and every day into the exciting and colossal! So we thought with the arrival of our new ice cream planters, giant parking meter money banks and a bevy of 50s swans it was a good time to share some of our favourite 'giant stuff' art moments.
Sometimes we wish we were Florentijn Hofman's rubber duck. Just cruising down rivers around the world looking all giant and cute. The Rubber Duck sculpture has been floating since 2007 and has been on display in Amsterdam, Baku, Osaka, Sydney Harbour, Sao Paulo-just to name a few! The Dutch artist mostly worked on reproducing objects that we can usually see around us, blown up in size! The purpose of his art is to promote the message of healing. We like that and we hope that everyone who comes through our doors and greets our giant inflatable duck feels the healing vibes we're sending out.
We have worked with Jeff Koons on custom collections for various exhibitions for some time and always feel excited and dazzled by his large scale works. His latest public art piece, the seated ballerina is 45 feet of inflatable shiny magic! Wwith the idea of ‘reflectivity’ in mind, the installation was all about raising awareness of national missing children’s month in May.
Mmmm Floor Burger. Delicious giant floor burger. This work actually found itself cornered into controversy however that's a story for another day. Inspired by the luxury cars and grand pianos in midtown showrooms, Claes Oldenburg had decided to make sculptures of an equivalent scale as soft sculptures. Plaster wasn't the right fit for the task–too fragile and heavy–and so the artist, with the assistance of his then wife, Patty Mucha, a skilled seamstress, created sculptures of fabric. Working in the gallery, Oldenburg and Mucha made Floor Burger, Floor Cake, and Floor Cone, three oversized soft sculptures.
"Their soft, pliant, and colorful bodies challenged the convention that sculpture is rigid and austere, and their subject matter and colossal scale infused humor and whimsy into the often sober space of fine art." -foodoncanvas.eu
If you're looking to embrace the beauty of oversized eatables we have fab new ice-cream planters and money boxes as well as some very 50s garden party vibes as well. Swan planters, we are talking amazing plastic fantastic swan planters.
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