Thursday, July 31, 2008

So now it starts!

Catie and I got our point person from Deitch, the lovely Terese, and we are off and running!

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

We got in!

Dear All,

We are happy that you will be part of the Art Parade this year! We have an exciting group and are looking forward to September 6th.

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:

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.



Deitch Projects

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Mud Pies and Art Parade!

On July 1st we applied to the art parade.

Here's our proposal:

Dear Deitch,

We have attached a brief description of our project, The World's Largest Mud Pie Made from Street Trash, and a very simple crayon rendering of what the mud pie might look like. The project is pretty straight forward, but please call us if you have any questions. We can also furbish you with an artist statement if you would like.


Catie and Meg

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

Project Description:
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.