Friday, June 4, 2010

He Saw, She Saw

Last month, I noticed that someone put a few see-saws around town, planks of wood bolted to bike racks. There was one outside the Apple Store in Chelsea.

And another behind the Cooper Union.

The wood is stamped:
"He Saw She Saw"
May 2010

There's also an email address. Curiosity sent me to artist Louis Lim, a Cooper Union student who collaborated on the "guerilla show" with Japanese designer Takeshi Miyakawa.

Lim sent me a press release that explained the see-saws and more:

"During this year's Design Week, you may have noticed something unusual around the city--a floating chair that lit up at night, and a see-saw mounted onto M-shaped bicycle racks. These were the works of Takeshi Miyakawa and Louis Lim.

For the past two years, Takeshi Miyakawa Design has showcased new designs and installation ideas at ICFF and Brooklyn Designs. The hope for Takeshi Miyakawa was that these two shows would celebrate art and design... In the early summer of 2010, that desire to express and share ideas manifested into a Guerilla show on the streets of New York.

Takeshi Miyakawa designed 'Holey Chair,' a white acrylic light fixture fixed onto lamp posts in the city. Louis Lim created 'He Saw She Saw,' a see-saw made of 2"x10"x12' lumber and plumbing hardware attached to bicycle racks.

These two pieces tread the line between art and design, as well as function and play."

"Holey Chair" photo courtesy of Louis Lim

If you've got a ladder and a screwdriver, you can pick up a Holey Chair from a few choice corners around the city. Or you can buy one for $950.


~evilsugar25 said...

"i collaborated to bolt a f'in plank between the bike rack arches (thereby not allowing anyone to park their f'in bike there) and i call it 'art' and 'installation'." is it me or is this really, really pretentious. i'd like to chain my bike to their stupid teeter-totter, the "intersection between locking up my bike and play." feh.

Jane Doe said...

Must agree with you 100%, evilsugar!

Like the other Japanese "artist" who chiseled some silly meandering lines into 150-year old landmarked bluestone sidewalks in SoHo around 1990, and called this permanent vandalism "art". At least, graffiti can be removed.

You think they would get away with this vandalism in Tokio? They'd be jailed and face social opprobrium.

Plus, it's dumb.

And, selling his chairs at $950, it is also crass commercialism.