Friday, November 16, 2007

I do like a big crack

A couple of weeks ago, the wife and I went for a bit of a wander along the Southbank in London. It was the weekend that my dad and his brood were visiting. We left them at the Tower of London and went off for a bit of "us time". We soon found ourselves at the Tate Modern art gallery.

Every few months at the Tate they have a new piece in the foyer, and I was keen to see the latest work that had received so much press attention.

Here it is, and that's me touching a piece of modern art.





Looks impressive from above, right? Well, it's actually about twice the length of what you can see here. It's really quite awesome.





Yep, you could lose a small child in there. Now there's an idea... Indeed, there are safety officers up and down the whole length making sure no one falls in!

Of course, everyone wants to know how they did it. How did artist Doris Salcedo manage to put a fucking great crack down the length of the Tate's floor? Well, she ain't telling. And fair enough.

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22 Comments:

Blogger My Reflecting Pool said...

I wonder if it was an accident labeled art to help bring in money to pay the repairs. Goodness, I am jaded.

16 November, 2007 12:53  
Blogger Milla said...

"How did artist Doris Salcedo manage to put a fucking great crack down the length of the Tate's floor? Well, she ain't telling. And fair enough."

Did you see the level of the floor BEFORE this piece of art was created? Wasn't it lower than how it is now? Or maybe it's just my impression.

16 November, 2007 13:59  
Blogger Avid Andy said...

wow that would never be allowed over here. some moron would fall in and sue for millions.

16 November, 2007 14:40  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

RefPo: Ha! No, you can see that it has been constructed, since the inside is all wired to keep it all together. Very cynical!

Milla: I didn't, no, but I did take a close look at where the doors meet the floor, and I'm convinced you are not right about that. Your theory would mean one has to step up into the shops etc, and I don't think that would have been likely.

Avid: Ha, you're so right!

16 November, 2007 14:50  
Blogger Sheamus the... said...

Did Banksy do it? Is there a little spray painted rat somewhere? Naw...its cool. I love a good crack.

16 November, 2007 16:08  
Blogger _z. said...

I would also imagine they did it the way milla said.
i.e they would pour concrete and re-level the floors....
maybe they sloped it subtly towards the shops, and for it to meet the original floor level...

very interesting indeed.

16 November, 2007 16:21  
Blogger tweetey30 said...

Ok I have to ask this question, You live in London? I have no idea really. I would love to see what it looks like over there some day. I want to visit a few places in my time. Esp before my girls get to old to go with me. LOL.. They are 3 and almost 7. So in the next few years I want them to go with us to a few places they can remember for a life time and tell there children about some day.

16 November, 2007 16:45  
Blogger furiousBall said...

that is freakin great. i love that. reminds me a bit of a song by David Wilcox... great lyrics in it too btw

Now when the paint jar tipped
Off of the table
You watched as it started to fall
Glass popped, shattered and splattered
And paint spray hit the wall

Bright, blue glossy enamel
Across the kitchen floor
You said, "Good God, look at that pattern
I've never seen that before"

16 November, 2007 17:26  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

you boys and your crack.

i want to see this sometime. my friend anton blogged about it a while ago... and like you, he's supportive of the artist's decision not to share how she did it.

but i'm a whiny child when it comes to this stuff, and i wanna know HOW!!!

16 November, 2007 17:49  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Shea: No, it's a South American woman. And it is cool, yep.

_z.: Maybe so. Since I'm unfamiliar with how it was before, I couldn't really say. I dare say all will be revealed one day!

Tweetey: Not in London, no; a little ways out. Well, by UK standards quite a way. By US/Canada standards, very close! Yeah, it's a cool place to visit. I lived there 10 years, though, and wouldn't live there again...

F/ball: Funny lyrics; I quite like 'em. Glad you enjoyed the crack. I really like it too.

Martha: Haha. It'll probably be gone in a few months. They move installations in and out. I'm kinda with you, though: I do really want to know!

16 November, 2007 18:56  
Blogger Gardenia said...

That intrigues me as well - - ? We had some of those in the marble floor at the County, I was looking for an expert to repair - now I now that it is art and they probably should put a sign over it and charge admission.

17 November, 2007 15:24  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

If a crack is art I'll go there n drop me kecks n make a million

17 November, 2007 21:56  
Blogger mister anchovy said...

What an interesting curiosity. The problem with the piece though, is simply that it is a one-liner. The only thing to ask is how it was done.

18 November, 2007 01:58  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Gardenia: Ha ha! Good idea. Except here it's free admission.

4D: You and me both, mate! It's got to be a special sort of crack, though...

Mr A: Yeah, I like it, but you're right: beyond the initial curio value, that is the main question. I believe it also has a meaning, but that's long forgotten by me...

18 November, 2007 19:09  
Blogger Crankster said...

That is incredibly cool! I love the shot of the sneaker in the crack.

18 November, 2007 19:30  
Blogger Krystal Dawn said...

Most people who have a big crack end up showing it. Andy's right, something like that would never be allowed in the states. If it was they would cover it in plexiglass or rope it off which would make it far less cool. I'm also with pool, wonder if it was an accident and this artist convenced the place to pay her to make the accident something cool in which it would make them more money? OR she may just love her crack and want to show it. Who knows.

19 November, 2007 01:01  
Blogger tweetey30 said...

sorry for being nosy. I was just curious. I have a few places I would love to visit some day. I just got numbers to work with on getting Pass Ports in the next few years. They are expensive but last ten years.

19 November, 2007 18:15  
Blogger Adam said...

you and your lovely wife should know that I have instated a new ratings sytem over at my blog - you must check it out and let me know what you think!

19 November, 2007 20:32  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Crankster: Hi there. Thanks for dropping by. That's the sneaker of my lovely wife.

Krystal: It would definitely be less cool covered in Plexiglass or something.

Tweetey: I don't remember how much passports cost over here, but it's money well spent for the liberty of travelling, I say.

Adam: We will check it out, sir!

20 November, 2007 15:46  
Blogger cappy. said...

i like. the wife? "i don't understand"
and after hours trying to explain emins tent, i aint going to try!

21 November, 2007 10:07  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Hmm...I think it's great that it is so spectacular in size. But after that...hmmm.... I agree with whoever said that there is likely a slight incline and decline unnoticeable to acheive the crack.

Um...it reminds me of the movie Ice Age in the first few minutes Scrat loses an acorn and cracks the ice...I am sure not her desired interest...

This is the kind of thing that many non-art people feel art is a waste of time and money...and one-liner artwork.

21 November, 2007 22:51  
Blogger Rehan Qayoom said...

Now that's a cool crack.

21 November, 2007 23:17  

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