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Shirt happens...and Viviane Le Courtois wants yours

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Vivianne Le Courtois, a Westword MasterMind, uses unusual items to make art: artichokes, gym shoes, junk mail, junk food, potato peels...and now, with any luck, your old T-shirts.

For an installation that will debut at Le Courtois's solo show at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art on February 23, the artist is looking for used T-shirts -- providing all the aesthetic incentive you need to clean out your closets.

"I am collecting a few hundred black (dark gray or brown may also work) T-shirts as soon as possible," she explains. "Please go through your closets and find any shirts that you are not wearing. T-shirts with holes, writing or logos that you don't like anymore...all sizes are good. And other clothing items in T-shirt material are also good as long as they are black or related colors."

For the piece, which will be called "The Garden of Earthy Delights," she'll cut the T-shirts into strips and crochet them into circle rugs. Visitors to the show will sit on those rugs and have tea, Le Courtois says. She'll also be growing plants and herbs in the show.

So she's not just looking for T-shirts. She could also use egg cartons and clear plastic containers -- and as soon as possible. Art lovers can drop them off at her house at 1316 29th Street (between Walnut and Larimer streets) and keep two worthy resolutions at once: to clean house, and also to appreciate Colorado's artists in the new year.

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