Sunday, August 31, 2008
So our plot to make the World's Largest Mud Pie has been foiled.
In a last minute decision, Deitch Projects has decided that they cannot get us water to create the amount of mud we need. This is about 20 to 30 gallons of water or about 5 minutes with a hose. As we have been spending all our time and resources on the actual tin, this is a big issue for us. Especially since we don’t own a car and we were going to walk the component parts of the piece from Brooklyn to the parade site. We can't roll 30 gallons of water across the Williamsburg Bridge on top of the tin and large pie implements. We also think that buying purified water on site is not only expensive, but a waste.
Deitch has also let us know that we can't dispose of our mud pie after the parade. This might also be an issue, as once the piece has been put together and the trash added, how are we going to an 8' round mud pie back to Brooklyn to get rid of it?
Oh and did we mention that it's only 2 weeks before the parade when we got this information.
Never fear we have a back up plan:
Handing Out Mud Pies
For the Art Parade we would like to make mud pies from the trash everyone else leaves behind. Essentially we want to be last in the lineup and act as the cleanup women following the parade--one of us pulling a red wagon filled with dirt and pie tins and one of us carrying a broom and dust pan. As we go along the parade route, we will be sweeping up the trash that came from projects before us and mixing it into a mud pie that is to be handed to viewers along the route. Each pie will come complete with a written notice to the viewers stating that they have been pied.
We still have a proposal in to Guinness, but as they take so long to get back to us, perhaps that piece is for a different time. We understand the constraints placed on your staff for this parade and we think the above proposal might be easier on everyone. The large pie implements, and our outfits will still stay the same.
Sadly this piece too came to a watery end. We are not allowed to hand things out to the audience, so this one is out.
Were a little concerned as now it's a week and a half until the parade.
But we have yet another plan:
To create the World's Smallest Mud Pie!
Here our our supplies for our float:
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Catie and Erik (her husband) have bought their plane tickets to New York for the Parade.
We have our outfits and some of our giant implements.
We are working on how to construct a giant pie tin.
The Price of metal is high so it would cost $3600 to have an 8' fabricated out of steel, so we are thinking perhaps plastic or wood.
We think that we will actually wheel the carts of materials to make our piece from my house in Bushwick over the Williamsburgh bridge to the parade site. There we can put the piece together, do our make-up at Saphora, and buy dirt for the mud portion of the pie. We are hoping for a ridiculous day.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
And we have this new expanded project description:
The World’s largest Mud Pie created from Street Trash
Meg Duguid and Catie Olson
For the Art Parade we are making the World’s largest Mud Pie created from street trash and mud. We will collect trash from all of the other projects/ floats and also what parade-viewers leave behind. Coming last in the lineup, we will act as the cleanup chefs in the parade. A Pie helper will be pulling a double-wide red wagon with a giant pie tin on top, while we use large-scale cooking utensils to sweep up the trash that came from projects before us and then mixing it into a the worlds largest mud pie. This pie has been submitted to the Guinness book of world records for the title of World’s largest Mud Pie created from street trash. We are awaiting Guinness’ response, but have been made aware that it could take up to 6 months to set up the arrangements. We see this as a practice event leading up to the title. At the end of the parade the pie is to be weighed and measured.
Friday, July 25, 2008
As a reminder, it would be great if you confirm your participation and number of participants. We would also appreciate if you could send us an email with your credits for the Art Parade program (name or artist/group, title of project, year, medium if applicable, participants/notes) AND your cell phone number by August 1st. Next week, we will be assigning you someone from the Art Parade Team to be your point person. He/she will be the ones to follow up with you and can help with any questions you might have.
For those of you who are based in New York, I wanted to inform you that we have a relationship with Materials for the Arts, an organization that manages a warehouse of materials that can be used for artists projects. By early next week, you can call them to make an appointment to visit their warehouse in Long Island City, Queens. They may ask for you to write thank you letters to various donors that supply their warehouse with goods. Please treat this request seriously, as not doing this might jeopardize our chances of working with them in the future. Please also stick to your appointments once they have been made. Here is a link to their website: http://www.mfta.org/
I have attached our current press release. We will add more details for the later edition in August. Posters will probably be ready by August 8th, if you want to come by and pick up a few to give to friends.
We will be in touch mid to late August with more information pertaining to the day of the parade, including local parking garage info, your order in the parade, storage, etc. Unless you have an urgent question, it would be great if you could wait until your Art Parade point person gets in touch with you.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Here's our proposal:
The Proposal:Mud Pie
Contacts: Meg Duguid and Catie Olson
Number of participants: 2
Materials: Dirt, a giant pie tin, a doublewide red wagon, and street trash
Pie is our current medium, and word play is our structure. Our content is vast, touching on humor, gender identity, and the theater of the absurd.
For the Art Parade we would like to make the world’s largest mud pie from the trash everyone else leaves behind. Essentially, we want to be last in the lineup and act as the cleanup women following the parade--one of us pulling a doublewide red wagon with a giant pie tin on top and one of us carrying a broom and dust pan. As we go along the parade route, we will be sweeping up the trash that came from projects before us and mixing it into the world’s largest mud pie that is to be weighed and measured at the end of the parade route by a pie official. If accepted for the parade, we will apply to the Guinness Book of World Records for the title of World’s Largest Mud Pie Created from Street Trash.
Special Needs at the beginning and end of Parade:
We would like access to water at the beginning of the parade to turn our dirt into mud, and we need place to dispose the World’s Largest Mud Pie Created from Street Trash at the end of the parade.