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Umbrella Horse, May 2009 Steel, Mechanics 3' H X 5' W ' 7' L © Chris Green
Trash Menagerie
Curated by: Jane Winchell

East India Square
161 Essex Street
Salem, Massachusetts 01970-3783
June 1st, 2009 - May 1st, 2010
Opening: June 1st, 2009 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.pem.org/
COUNTRY:  
United States
PHONE:  
978-745-9500
OPEN HOURS:  
Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm.
TAGS:  
interactive mixed-media installation sculpture

DESCRIPTION

Umbrella>Horse was commissioned by the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass for their exhibit ‘Trash Menagerie’ in 2009.  The Peabody wanted an interactive, kinetic piece showcasing how discarded material can be transformed into a living thing.  For me, living in NYC, ubiquitously discarded broken umbrellas were the material of choice.  Using their ‘natural’ kinetic potential and a little engineering, the result is a hand-cranked projector. As visitors approach, they see a static, skeletal shadow of a horse on the wall. Once they turn the wheel, however, an interior light fades up to show the mechanics in action as the horse shadow begins its slow-motion gallop. The kinetic horse shadow-puppet is made entirely from the metal tines from cheap throw-away compact umbrellas collected from the streets of New York City after a heavy rain.