Saturday, December 8, 2012

December 8. Day 343. Join the dots

Remember colour by numbers and how much fun it was?
I was such a goody-two-shoes that it never occurred to me to do anything but obey the instructions. If number seven was supposed to be red, number 7 would be red and it would be very neat and between the lines.
On occasions a ruler was used to join the dots in dot to dot just to make sure it was as accurate as possible.
It is a shame I don't apply the same need for details to other aspects of my life such as assembling things from that big Swedish furniture mega store but that's another issue.
Anyway, my artistic talents never really developed much beyond the colour by numbers stage so I was rather pleased to hear Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping explain to the crowd at the Queensland Art Gallery how his giant snake installation was moved from his homeland to its pride of place as part of the APT7 exhibition which opened today.
The 160 aluminium and steel pieces- many of which look strikingly similar but are not  - were all numbered so putting them together was no more difficult than assembling Lego (and doubtless a great deal easier than assembling Ikea furniture especially if you refuse to read the instructions).
The exhibition is free and fascinating and the gallery is air conditioned so what are you waiting for? Take a number.

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