I’m speechless…

15 08 2008

From “The Australian:”

“A GIANT inflatable dog turd by American artist Paul McCarthy blew away from an exhibition in the garden of a Swiss museum, bringing down a power line and breaking a window before it landed again.

The art work, titled Complex Shit, is the size of a house.

The wind carried it 200m from the Paul Klee Centre in Berne before it fell back to Earth in the grounds of a children’s home, said museum director Juri Steiner.

The inflatable turd broke the window at the children’s home when it blew away on the night of July 31, Mr Steiner said.

The art work has a safety system which normally makes it deflate when there is a storm, but this did not work when it blew away.

Mr Steiner said McCarthy had not yet been contacted and the museum was not sure if Complex Shit would be put back on display.”

What can I add to that?  How do you present this in an Art History class?  ‘Let’s look at some great sculpture:  here you have Rodin’s The Thinker, there’s Michaelangelo’s David, over there is some Robert Indiana pieces, and here is some inflatable dog shit.’  The mind wobbles…

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