Venues have flexibility in tailoring the exhibition to their site depending on the size of the exhibition space, audience, and focus of the institution, since this is an art project that has both environmental and social relevance. Community involvement can be included through a “used and broken toy round-up,” public “baby feedings,” and other educational activities.
Exhibition components include:
1. Receptacle — 10’ x7’ x7’This large wire mesh sculpture holds approximately 1000 pounds of broken and used toys that are difficult to recycle. It comes apart for shipping and is reassembled on-site. The sculpture must be placed indoors in a supervised location. A 6-foot wide opening is required for access into the exhibition space
2. Feed the Baby performanceThe receptacle can be filled before the exhibition, or it can be filled during the exhibition in one or more public performances of “feeding the baby.” Used and broken toys collected from the local community are dumped in through a trap door in the back of the sculpture’s head.
3. LitterEach of these smaller sculptures measures approximately 3-4 feet tall by 3-4 feet in diameter. They have been used to publicize the exhibition by being displayed in window spaces, lobbies, and other venues around the host site. They must be placed indoors in a supervised setting.
4. mine.Video by John Flynn
This short video is comprised of interviews with a variety of people about the toy they always wanted. It can be projected or shown on a monitor in the gallery.