Weathering Experiment, Conclcusion

This experiment started in 2012. I discovered Seth Apter and he had proposed hanging paper outside to watch it weather. This idea intrigued me, so I took it to heart. Rainbow Artists had a show called “Art by the Yard” and all entries had to be 18×36″. I submitted my piece and after the show, decided to hang it on my balcony. I started out with the best of intentions and posted for two months in a row. Then I tapered off… My first two posts can be seen here and here.

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DSCN0969 DSCN0970snow2I guess that this is the last picture that i took in December of 2012, and as you can see it has weathered a lot.

Weathering Experiment

This is my monthly update for the weathering experiment. The winds have really been blowing and the strands have wrapped around the support. It rained a LITTLE the other day, but I don’t think that it was enough to alter the paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The circular papers are wrapped around the support, but I did not remove them this time. I have had to attach the support to an upright with the red ribbon, as I had to move the support from the sunflower pot. The beads on the ends of the streamers were at the height that they would have bashed them into the dirt!

 

Art by the Yard, weathering, First Month

This art piece, from an exhibit earlier this year, is made from recycled calendars and other papers. A few years ago Seth Apter asked artists to place packets of papers and fibers out in the weather and watch how they aged. I did not find this until after the experiment was over, but I decided to put this piece out on my balcony and record it’s weathering.

I went on vacation and after I came back, put the art piece on a metal shepherds hook. The attachment is not very pretty, but I did not want the whole piece to blow away in the first spring wind that sprang up in Albuquerque (there is a LOT of wind in New Mexico year round, but most especially int he spring months!).

So April will be the first month of this experiment… IT is alternating strings of folded paper from heavier calendar paper and round circles of heavy but coarse music paper. The Circles must be more aerodynamic and are of lighter paper, so they float, twist and twine around each other. I have already unwound them twice, but will not do that anymore. I will post again in May and monthly until I take the piece down.