Friday, September 25, 2009

The student art majors are in for a treat! Today at 4 p.m. they will be ripping down the Jonathan Brilliant statue which was built in the Lightwell two weeks ago.

Brilliant is an artist that makes all of his pieces out of scraps or metal, Starbucks stir sticks, Starbucks slid grips, or popsicle sticks. He came to OU August 28th and built the huge statue out of Starbucks stir sticks.

The statue is not glued, but rather woven together to hold up. Literally someone could walk over and hit it and the whole thing will fall down.

Graphics design major Megan Gessouroun said she went to hear Brilliant speak and said he has made many sculptures in the forms of a chandelier made out of popscicle sticks that hung from the ceiling and a human sized soda bottle made out of scraps of metal and painted white which now sits in a park.

"Art is how we express ourselves and shows who we are as people," Gessouroun said. "From country to country art is different and it really is more than just something to look at. There are various forms such as advertisements, building designs, and digital games."

Brilliant also makes his sculptures at the place where it is going to be displayed. When he came to OU to make his "Urban Jungle" he brought his own lift because he said the lift OU provided was too slow.

The ripping down party the art school is having today, Friday, at 4 p.m. is said to be a fun exciting time.

"I think that Brilliant thinks art should be fun as well as something nice to look at,"Gessouroun said. "He likes the idea of the tearing down parties. He also likes the idea of temporary art, each is unique and special so enjoy it, and then enjoy taking it down."

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