Undertoad Tuesday Oct 5 03:36 PM
10/5/2004: 30,000 bananas as art
lumberjim Tuesday Oct 5 04:06 PM
the art happens when the local giant slips on it and breaks his neck....duh.
xant Tuesday Oct 5 04:20 PM
The art happens as the bananas slowly rot, eventually becoming so rank that nobody wants to visit Trafalgar Square. HAH! Victory over the crass American tourist.
glatt Tuesday Oct 5 04:23 PM
Would they arrest you if you ate one? I mean, they are just dumped there. I imagine Londoners grabbing a bunch as they walk by, and taking them home.
lookout123 Tuesday Oct 5 04:27 PM
stupid monkeys. if you can't understand the art, then you don't deserve to be told.
Trilby Tuesday Oct 5 04:36 PM
SteveDallas Tuesday Oct 5 04:37 PM
To quote John Cage, "I have nothing to say, and I am saying it."
glatt Tuesday Oct 5 04:43 PM
perth Tuesday Oct 5 04:44 PM
I think the real art happens when some smartass decides to go out there in the middle of the night and put condoms on each banana. Then they can claim it's a statement against the sex ed practices of... something, something.
poohbearbeth Tuesday Oct 5 05:12 PM
Wouldn't that be 30,000 - 1 = 29,999
Elspode Tuesday Oct 5 05:32 PM
30,000 POUNDS OF BANANAS
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Oct 5 06:35 PM
Magnificent tribute to questionable art.
Guess Tuesday Oct 5 06:59 PM
My question is-
It says that leftover bananas will be donated to homeless shelters, etc.
But won't they be rotten by then?
Trilby Tuesday Oct 5 07:47 PM
Banana Bread! --- Or, the more useful BananaPhone!
jojomonkeygirl Tuesday Oct 5 08:23 PM
I got a banana boat.....banana soup, banana cocktails, banana splits, banana biscuits, banana bread, banana milk, banana crackers, banana on a stick, banana gumbo, fried banana, stewed banana, baked banana with banana sauce and banana ice cream......ya wanna be the captain of my banana boat?
Sperlock Tuesday Oct 5 09:17 PM
capnhowdy Tuesday Oct 5 09:48 PM
Doesn't take much to spark a political reaction in Latin America. Or here on the Cellar, for that matter. Hard to believe it's Brittain's favorite food. I thought they only drank tea. And pissed a lot. Fishbone (personally I'd change my name) said: Don't play with your food...... I reckon someone else hauled & stacked these "nanners" for him. Shame,shame,shame. Don't play with your food. Don't make food out of what you play with. After all, The banana IS an American standard. [ weights & measures]. Please don't ask me for the link.
melidasaur Tuesday Oct 5 10:18 PM
so if you took a dump in the middle of trafalger square, would this be art?
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Oct 6 04:44 AM
Jaxxon Wednesday Oct 6 04:49 AM
Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.
Cyber Wolf Wednesday Oct 6 07:42 AM
It's a good thing my Dad's not in London now. That exhibit wouldn't last a minute.
Clodfobble Wednesday Oct 6 08:03 AM
With that many bananas, they should put a big pile of Immodium right next to it. Then at least it'd be accurate art.
Troubleshooter Wednesday Oct 6 08:25 AM
mmmBoy Wednesday Oct 6 11:56 AM
"Here in London the bananas are not expected to spark a political reaction - just a hungry one.
From 3pm today anyone who fancies a free snack can take their pick from among the bananas with impunity. In fact, that is the point of the work. Fishbone said: 'It will be a reverse sculptural process. As the bananas are taken away the work is whittled away until it vanishes.' "
warch Wednesday Oct 6 12:40 PM
And its big yellow (for now) in all that grey. I like that part.
wolf Wednesday Oct 6 01:16 PM
Thank you Els, for the lyrics (The song was the first thing I thought of on seeing the picture).
CharlieG Wednesday Oct 6 01:37 PM
At first I misread the title - I thought it was 30,000 lbs of Bananas....
Undertoad Wednesday Oct 6 01:46 PM
Trilby Wednesday Oct 6 06:56 PM
mmmBoy Wednesday Oct 6 07:11 PM
No worries, I got busted for not proofing my post a few images ago.
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Oct 6 07:13 PM
Yup, half cocked again.
Atch Thursday Oct 7 02:35 PM
I'm just glad the guy's not nuts.
Elspode Thursday Oct 7 03:40 PM
It seems he came to KC's Midland Theater, a classic, 1920's movie palace deluxe (since completely and beautifully restored) back in 1974. In those days, concerts weren't quite so militant about enforcing you being in a seat, or coming up to the stage. With Harry's mellow demographic, it was totally cool, as was having a camera. I spent the whole show right on the edge of the stage, knealt down out of deference to the audience, shooting closeup pics of an accomodating Mr. Chapin, who would turn and smile or shoot a thumbs up into the lens for me. It was *awesome* for me, as I did and still do idolize the man.
Fast forward a couple of weeks when I left for California on a post-HS graduation visit to see my estranged father. When we arrived at Lake Tahoe, I opened my camera to load it, noticed there was a roll of film in it already, and had no idea what it could be. My first thought was that it was something left over from my job as a HS photographer, and reasoning that since I was out of school, I just yanked the roll out.
A few weeks later, I remembered that it was the lovingly shot roll of Harry Chapin pics. I was thunderstruck. Stay off the dope, kids.
I actually cried the night I heard Harry had died. He was perhaps the most influential songwriter/musician for me during my late teens. Harry was a wonderful artist and a great humanitarian.
CharlieG Saturday Oct 9 09:59 AM
I got to see him do it live too - At FJU in NJ
York Sunday Oct 10 04:36 AM
this kind off art was already done a long time ago, people like my grandfather did it! But than it was with a big bag of bread and some birds!
jaguar Friday Oct 15 10:27 AM
Cyber Wolf Friday Oct 15 10:32 AM
Has it turned into a slimy pile of bananaey goo yet? If so, has it gained sentience?
xoxoxoBruce Friday Oct 15 08:49 PM
jaguar Saturday Oct 16 07:03 AM
London commuters are more effective at removing within seconds anything of possible value pratically before it hits the ground, I doubt a single banana had time to go brown. I wasn't there for long, was going to the tate modern to see bags of trash as art rather than bananas.
xoxoxoBruce Saturday Oct 16 09:44 AM
Elspode Saturday Oct 16 10:58 AM
Is that Tate exhibit the same one from which someone mistakenly pulled a bag of trash and was about to throw it away, thinking it was mere trash instead of high art? Saw something in "News of the Weird" about that.
York Sunday Oct 17 03:59 AM
In this case the bananas are still going to the people, so it isnt wasted! But over here they made some artwork with bacon wrapped around some colums at the entrance of the museum! After about 5 days it turned greenish...Really colorfull!
jaguar Sunday Oct 17 07:25 AM
Yea that is on installation they're got at the tate modern at the moment, the artist simply replaced it with another bag of trash, kind of says something. When you think about it though it's not exactly new, I forget the name of the artist who crapped in 60 tins and sealed them somewhere in the 70s as a comment on how stupid some high art was, they now sell for tens of thousands...
OnyxCougar Monday Oct 18 10:18 AM
This is one of the reasons I really don't like much "art".
wolf Thursday Oct 21 01:56 AM
I really think that if it's called an "installation" it shouldn't be considered "art."