It’s finally earned a g-rating!

December 4th, 2008  | Categories: Bidder vs. 10lb Ape

The Public White Cube is back on its best behaviour. At last! – no more scrap, no confusion and no threatening chaos to confront these sacred white halls with filth from the streets: 10lb Ape’s vagrant’s domicile, which had monopolised the Public White Cube with its trashy structure up to now, has been turned into a slick and gleaming, soft crème-coloured, minimal participative installation. A veritable paragon! At last! Now it looks something like a museum here.

Jeanne Henzel Swartz and her team were the first to show courage and tackle 10lb Ape’s huge sculpture directly. And they have been rewarded. For this version certainly works best – at least up until now. After Swartz had decided Sunday’s third auction in her favour with a bid of 203 euros (257,69 dollars), yesterday she got down to the business of realising her announced proposal to pad out and wrap up the sculpture – with greetings from Christo and Jeanne-Claude: the hut is no longer accessible, and instead a soft light shimmers through the lengths of fabric that Swartz used to wrapped it up completely. All the garbage that the sculpture scattered around the room has been tidied and stored away. The sculpture has been tamed, but it is still putting up some resistance: small bumps stick out all over as it forces the new covering to bulge outwards.

This was the last auction of the Public White Cube’s first heat. And in the end, 10lb Ape’s hut actually looks a bit like a white cube itself now – although it’s a rather lumpy and slightly warped white cube. It has held onto that much pride, even though Swartz has also planned for the exhibition visitors to draw on the white cloth using the crayons provided – in the true spirit of the basic participative idea. Our second artist Ledia Caroll will be installing her work in the Public White Cube from 16 December. You can join the bidding from 1st of January 2009.

  1. Matt Wardell
    December 5th, 2008 at 22:08

    I’ve loved the play-by-play, the trash talk, the struggle to confront the obnoxious beast, and to have such a finish… Swartz is certainly the David to best 10lb Ape’s Goliath.
    To the victor, the spoils; like an enormous trashbag to take out the garbage.

  2. Archie M Purvis
    December 5th, 2008 at 22:18

    The Ape is Dead. Long Live the Ape.
    AMP 2008

  3. Snapdad Hawkins
    December 20th, 2008 at 07:22

    It’s more like a colostomy grab-bag if you ask me…