Offering visitors a slightly softer rock upon which to sit while viewing DUMBO’s magnificent waterfront, Assistant Professor of Art at Rutgers, Elizabeth Demaray and the design collaborative Pillow Culture present Twenty-Four Stones I’d Like to Know, nine giant upholstered boulders at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Info on the project can be found at http://blog.pillowculture.com/ and https://dumboartsfestival.com/
A short press release on the project states:
Offering visitors a slightly softer rock upon which to sit while viewing DUMBO’s magnificent waterfront, Twenty-Four Stones I’d Like to Know, presents nine giant upholstered boulders at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The brainchild of artist Elizabeth Demaray and the design collective Pillow Culture, each stone sports it own uniquely fitted cozy-style covering in outdoor upholstery fabric and asks the age old question: can you ever make a stone any softer?
Through this unlikely marriage of materials, Twenty-Four Stones considers the relationship between monumentality and comfort via a familiar object – the pillow. In this unique series, Pillow Culture additionally utilizes each rock pattern as a template to re-construct the underlying boulders, creating a geometrized version of each stone. The recreated boulders and patterns will be on view in the DUMBO studios, offering visitors an intimate view of the project’s trajectory.
New York artist Elizabeth Demaray knits sweaters for plants, fabricates alternative housing for hermit crabs and famously familiarized a 10-ton Nike-Hercules Missile by upholstering it in 400 sq. feet of quilted satin. The design collective Pillow Culture is dedicated to promoting the pillow, a soft-bodied form affiliated with domesticity, comfort, and intimacy, that can be found in virtually every human endeavor and culture, ranging in size, material expression, and purpose.
More information on the project can be found at: https://dumboartsfestival.com/