Coon, Friedman, Christo

The use of flowers in Jeff Koon’s ‘Puppy’ personally defines a sense of liveliness, safety and innocence. The fact that the sculpture itself is much larger than a typical piece of artwork would bring reactions of curiosity and amazement from the audience. The size of ‘Puppy’ creates a meaning of the celebration of life through the use of flowers and the fact that the sculpture is in the shape of a puppy; a puppy symbolising livelihood, and joy.
‘Starburst’, by Tom Friedman, was constructed with thousands of toothpicks jammed together in the shape of a starburst. It is a delicate sculpture which depicts a sense of gravity. There is also the perception of density causing them to explode outward. The sculpture seems to be at the point of violent dispersion from the heavy and repetitive use of vectors from the toothpicks. ‘Starburst’ would gain reactions of insecurity and danger from the general public.
100 workers and 11 volunteers devoted 17,000 work hours to Christo and Claude’s project ‘Wrapped Coast’. Christo wrapped two-and-a-half kilometres of coast and Cliffs up to 26 metres high. The project required 95,600 m2 of synthetic fabric and 56 km of rope and was the largest single artwork ever made at this time. The artwork was larger than Mount Rushmore, and visitors took an hour to walk from one end of the work to the other. After initial resistance from the authorities and the public, reactions were largely positive, and had an enormous impact on art in Australia.