The cube that contains an entire amusement park

I found this strangely moving – upsetting yet poignant and I could see lots of stories within it. It reminds me of all the scenes of destruction shown on our television screens – whether because of floods, tornados or wars, and all the lives affected. After such catastrophes the detritus is swept up, piled somewhere, telling the same stories as this material forged into a cube.

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The cube that contains an entire amusement park

The cube that contains an entire amusement park

In his latest sculpture project, James Dive of The Glue Society has compacted an entire fun fair – including rides, dodgems and even prizes – into a four metre cube.
The work, entitled Once, is on show at Scultpture by the Sea in Aarhus, Denmark, until July 1. “The project is about the finality of a missed moment,” Dive says. “Creating [it] was undoubtedly the most violent process I’ve ever embarked upon.”


Photos: Nicolai Lorenzen

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I am me. What do I like? Colour Shapes Textures Paintings, photographs, sculptures, woven tapestries, wonderful materials. The love of materials probably comes from my father who was a textile buyer, and I grew up hearing the names of mills and manufacturers which sounded magical and enticing. Glass in all its soft and vibrant colours and flowing shapes, even sixties glass which makes its own proud statement. A book I can immerse myself in. Meals with family or friends with lots of chat and laughter (and probably a bottle or two of wine). The occasional trip abroad to experience the sights, sounds, food, conversation, quality of light and warmth of other countries. To revel in differences and be amazed by similarities. I like to create and to experience, to try and to achieve. And then there are words – read, heard, written at my keyboard, or scrawled on sticky notes, or along the edges of dog-eared supermarket receipts excavated from the unexplored nooks of my handbag. What do I dislike? Cold Snow Bad design Fast food Condescension
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2 Responses to The cube that contains an entire amusement park

  1. mybrightlife says:

    I find this encouraging in a strange sort of way. I spend a lot of time stressing about recycling and waste and somehow seeing an entire amusement park contained in a cube this size – gives me hope! Such an interesting idea also from a creative perspective. would love to see it in real life – but glad you shared it so at least I got an idea from the pics.

    • Yes, good to know an entire fairground can be squashed into this amount of bulk, but better if it had been recycled to live another life as something useful – though I suppose this is as it’s an artwork that is raising questions and comments.

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