Monday, April 27, 2009

Oh, this bookcase & I should be friends

I just saw this at the Green Chair Press blog:

Oh, the farmer & the cowman should be friends by Ron Arad
h: 351 cm x w: 570 cm x d: 40 cm / h: 138.2" x w: 224.4" x d: 15.7"

Part of an exhibit of work by Ron Arad at the Timothy Taylor Gallery in London. From the press release:
Perhaps the pivotal point of the exhibition Oh, the farmer & the cowman should be friends is an extraordinary, imposing shelving unit in the shape of the United States of America, colonizing almost an entire wall of the gallery. Constructed jigsaw-like from individual ╩╗states' of stainless and Corten steel, it has a powerful, commanding presence, both playful and provocative.
More info on the artist here and this incredible work of art here.

I'm not sure I understand the title of the piece, but I would gladly be friends with this bookcase. It's like it was designed just for me (oh, how I wish). I have enough books to fill it, too, even if the walls of my house aren't high enough to hold it. A girl can still dream. In fact, while I'm dreaming, I'll dream of a house big enough to hold the whole world (at this scale, anyway).


Cartophiliac said...

I don't know what the title of the piece means either, but I do recognize the source.

"The farmer and the cowmen should be friends" is a song from the musical Oklahoma!

The farmer and the cowman should be friends.
Oh, the farmer and the cowman should be friends.
One man likes to push a plough, the other likes to chase a cow,
But that's no reason why they cain't be friends.

Territory folks should stick together,
Territory folks should all be pals.
Cowboys dance with farmer's daughters,
Farmers dance with the ranchers' gals.

Not sure what that has to do with a map book case, but it is cool nonetheless...

bonnie said...

very neato

DJ said...

That's pretty darn cool! And thanks Cartophiliac for sharing the source :)

Lisis said...

I want one!!!

Juan said...

Excellent! Excellent!

Denise said...

Wow! Now that is definately shaming my regular book shelves! lol!

tinker said...

What a fun bookcase!

Jennifer DeDonato said...

I love that! I want to be friends also.