It is always pleasing to see the public engaging with art, and when the public displays a sense of humour in their engagement it feels as though all is right with the world.
Back in November, I shared some photos of a new art installation near my home. I think of the work as Red Crouching Figures but its official name is The Meeting and it is by the artist Wang Shugang. Since I wrote that blog post, the local people have, in various ways, drawn these figures into our community. When it was really cold a few weeks ago, they gave the figures toques (or beanies) and scarves to keep them warm.
Yesterday when I went past, I saw that the toques had gone, but the figures now have masks to protect them from Covid-19 and blue headbands. I’m not sure what the headbands represent, but they may be symbolic of association with a group. Whatever they signify, they are an interesting silent message of affiliation.
I made my own small contribution to the public engagement by replacing one headband that had fallen off and undoing the knots in another to give one of the figures a scarf.
I will keep any eye on The Meeting to see if the figures are given any new adornments. In fact, I may take them some of my spare hats and scarves when it gets colder again. They could probably use some socks, too. In the mean time, here are some pictures I took yesterday.
Those statues do invite a person to interact with them – I bet they looked hilarious with the beanies too!
They did! I was sorry I didn’t get a picture before they disappeared. I hope that they went to someone who needed them.
Yes, it is very nice. They make people smile.
There is something very likeable about these fellows.
I have an urge to name each one as the faces are distinct. And, yes, foot coverings would be most helpful. Really like this art exhibit.
I’m almost afraid to name them because one day this installation will be taken away and I’ll miss them.
Oooh, you are right! I’d worry about each of them!
I love that they are trying to keep those guys warm and safe!
I know! It is very sweet.