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Friday, August 15, 2008

What are you doing at lunch? What are you doing after lunch? Can you get off work a little early?

posted by on August 15 at 11:58 AM


Susan Robb’s creepy, beautiful, black macro-follicles are back—they grow suddenly out of the grass at Volunteer Park rarely, on lucky sunny days, and they’re stunning. Today is one such day. They’ve been up since 11 am and they’re only going to be there until 5 pm. They look an awful lot like freakish, unasked-for accidents of nature, some sort of biological phenomena writ large—moving, sensing, aggressive, almost sexual. Or they look like an outgrowth of Earth’s hairs, blowing languidly in the atmosphere. They’re also kind of sausage-y, and it complicates everything to know they’re made out of trash-bag lining, filled with the breeze, tied off at the ends, and powered by the sun: the sun heats up the air inside, the heat expands, the toobs move.

They are called Warmth, Giant Black Toobs and have taken the artist—who makes conceptual art about the natural world—to several states in the last month. See them while you can. It’s free. Here’s a map of where you can find them in Volunteer Park, courtesy of Lawrimore Project.


Here’s a documentary video by the artist (taken at Volunteer Park):

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I can never. FUCKING. SEE THESE. I curse Downtown Bellevue, 8 to 5 and the 550's ridiculous population. And the red baron.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 15, 2008 12:01 PM

Why, they're enormous.

Posted by elenchos | August 15, 2008 12:06 PM

Those are really cool (setting aside that they remind me of those freaky tube formations you see outside of car dealerships, where it's fashioned into a human figure... you know, where they put a fan in the bottom and it looks like it's waving at you? These things:

Posted by Strath | August 15, 2008 12:16 PM

I work in the U Dist you insensitive clod!

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 15, 2008 12:30 PM

@2,yes, but I think they are thingamajigs, not whozeewhatsits.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | August 15, 2008 12:35 PM

I didn't say it.

Posted by elenchos | August 15, 2008 12:45 PM

2,5,and6 beat me to it

Posted by Enorm | August 15, 2008 12:58 PM

@3 beat me to it. Car dealers love these.

Posted by Fnarf | August 15, 2008 1:29 PM

Wacky, waiving, inflatable, arm-flailing tubeman!!!!

Posted by JJ | August 15, 2008 2:01 PM

Last time I saw them, the artist -or perhaps one of her minions- spent most of the time shooing away anyone who got into spitting distance of those things. But then a half hour later children were running through them, riding them like ponies, and puncturing one or two. They are neat to look at, but yeah, I see them in car dealerships now.

Posted by JC | August 15, 2008 2:17 PM

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