The PDL Rap
PDL as SBC at TAM
Offspring at Olympic Sculpture Park
Ceci N'est Pas Une Swing Set @ OSP
Portable Confessional Units
Deep Space at Motel, Motel, Motel
Seattle Art Museum
Unauthorized Audio Tour
SQUAT at Kerry Park
Wake(up) at OSP
Wind Farm in Bellevue Park
Zoo to You Foundation at Free Sheep
Portland Art Museum
Unauthorized Audio Tour
The second in the series of construction installations, PDL set their sights on the Olympic Sculpture Park to explore the identity of a dedicated art space, and the social boundaries of sculpture.
Museums and sculpture parks are sacred. They have an assumed integrity and honesty that rival a national park or church. It is no place for corporate sponsorships, advertising, product placement or sell-outs. They are protected from corruption, sanctuaries of truth and beauty.
If this premise is reasonable, the greatest violation would be exploiting this landscape, pitching a corporate flag in the soil and profiting from the patrons. Only worse would be to disguise this strategic corporate hold as art itself, an Oldenberg exaggeration designed with a service window, a public restroom and plastic bottles of ketchup.
Wake(up)™ proposed a Richard Serra inspired coffee shack, smack in the middle of the sculpture park. Its wavy Starbuck’s cups called out “hey look at me! I’m sculpture in a cup.” We even had the drink specials like the “Serraccino.” So on a nice morning in the summer of 2008, we loaded up and headed into the park. Did I say we got permission from the park? Yeah, can you believe it? We go permission, just for the day.
We slipped into our white PDL jumpsuits at around 7:00 am and swiftly moved the four chain link walls and signs into place. We threw in the job box and some random construction equipment. Then we ate a fantastic breakfast at the Shanty. Nice hash browns.
By 9:30 am we were back in the park, lounging around with notebooks and snacks. We just held back enough to be unconnected, and listened.
“Well, the tourists will really like it.”
“Oh my God — that’s kind of ridiculous!”
“They’re putting a Starbucks in here?” “That’s…just…weird. And wrong.”
“I’d venture to say that Richard Serra’s sold out.”
“That’s really unfortunate. Nothing is sacred.”
“No way. No way. No way! NO WAY!!!”
“That looks like an elephant…or a dinosaur.”
“That’ll be nice for the tourists, you know — you walk through the park and get a coffee.”
“It strikes me as almost aggressive.” “It strikes me as extremely wasteful!”
“…probably all of the proceeds will go to benefit the museum.”
“Oh NO!” “Mom, how is that an ‘Oh, no’?”
“Maybe this will raise their [Starbucks’ corporate] morale”
“But you can get coffee right over there (points at the pavilion)!” “Yeah, but people don’t want to walk that far.”
“Wouldn’t it be funny if they had cookies in the shapes of all the sculptures?”
“It’s just a huge advertisement that they’re passing off as art.”
“That’s a really small hard hat area.”
“Thank God they’ve finally given sculpture some meaning!”
And at 7:00, we went back to the truck, donned our white jumpsuits and deconstructed the piece. We left no trace.