OWN A FRAGMENT OF NEW YORK PUBLIC ART
SAT. AUG. 20th | SUN. AUG. 21st | MON. AUG. 22nd | TUE. AUG. 23rd
AS A BEGINNING ....
9 am - 5 pm
IN FRONT OF
Collect a fragment of the original
Public Art Installation Plastic Fantastic! made by artist Capucine Bourcart.
The 1676 pieces of the installation will be available in front of the MET on museum mile, from
Saturday August 20th to Tuesday August 22nd from 9am to 5 pm, as a beginning...
Description of Plastic Fantastic!
Initially, the pieces were part of a whole installation titled Plastic Fantastic! It was on display at Harlem Art Park in New York City from July 2021 to June 2022. The work consisted of 1,676 tokens of dibond, which Bourcart printed on aluminum planks as a panorama of colorful scanned images of plastic bags.
In the work, Bourcart replicates the dichotomy: the beauty of the individual bag and what it represents—carrying, piece by piece, the treasures and acquisitions of our modern lives while causing us to reflect on the damage we are doing to our planet but more dramatically, to us. The piece received funds from the LMCC, Puffin Foundation, Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, Friends of Art Park Alliance and was organized by Connie Lee.
The complete statement is available here https://www.capucinebourcart.com/plastic-fantastic
What does Plastic Fantastic! become once uninstalled?
Bourcart questions the end of the life cycle of a time-sensitive public artwork. What happens to the remains of an ephemeral art installation? After Plastic Fantastic! was taken down, Bourcart worried about its future. Was it all for naught? A waste? Should she simply dispose of it? Can it be recycled? Since Plastic Fantastic! was designed for a specific venue, can it be reused and reinstalled elsewhere? What does she do with 1,600+ pieces? Through this process, she raises questions about sustainability in the art world, which is generally ignored due to the complicated conversation it causes.
Bourcart decided the best course of action with the Plastic Fantastic! was to sell the work, which was simply a mosaic of pieces, uncouple them as a whole unit, and create 1,676 unique token pieces of original work and through this action, to give continuity to the installation and its meaning.
The selling of the fragments at the MET would be an "Art Happening" through this, Bourcart can give back the installation to the public as the piece was intended. Bourcart also answers the question of pollution as there is almost no chance to have it reinstalled somewhere. And finally, it will also serve its primary function; part of the process of a piece of art is that it is meant to transfer to someone other than the artist. Each unique piece, numbered and signed by the artist in the back, will be sold for $5.
Bourcart chose the MET for this "Art Happening" because its audience is parallel to the audience of Plastic Fantastic! Also, The MET is the most visited museum in New York, with about 6 million visitors annually. The visitors count primarily tourists who come from all over the world : the best way to spread the installation and make it global! In terms of art, the MET is the world's most comprehensive art museum, with about 2 million artworks from five millennia of human history.