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:

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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 performance

The 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.

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3. Litter

Each 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.FirstBorn_4_11  Thing2 1

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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.

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5. Used Toy Round-Up with Toy Exchange and Donation

The exhibition site can be used to collect used and broken toys from the local community. Toys can then be separated into categories: those that are in good enough shape for exchanging or donating to a local organization, those that can be easily recycled, and those that are “baby food” and destined to be “fed” to the Receptacle. Information about plastics and local resources for recycling can be disseminated.


6. Website

The Other Toy Story Website will be updated to include information about your exhibition and related activities.

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7. Education

Previous exhibitions have included educational activities revolving around issues of sustainability, partnerships with other local arts and environmental organizations, and creative workshops with children and families on making art out of used toys.