We're not using not fancy chairs, O'Meallie stresses, just the kind people use every day. They'll be borrowed from the community for the sake of the moment and then returned, so there will be no new materials used. And we think we will have images that will expand the story of Manitou and advance the cause of art, if I can be so bold. It's also a social-practice piece; it relies on an entire community to make it happen. As an artist, I dont own a townscape or 1,000 chairs. Once it's up, he adds, the installation will last only a few hours in the early morning, during Manitou's tourist off-season. And, just as quietly, it'll be gone by Monday morning.
For more information and updates on the project, visit http://manitouchairproject.org.
Sun., Oct. 9, 6 a.m., 2011