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Friday, February 25, 2005

The Somerville Gates

[UPDATE - guess this is a too-late kind of situation - see below]

This website (you'll have to look there for pictures of the whole thing) was sent to me by my friend Sharon, and I like it even though I don't do cat blogging. Hargo says about his Somerville Gates installation that it:
has been compared with Christo's "The Gates", Central Park, New York City. These comparisons have been unfair; sometimes the media has exaggerated -- even lied -- about the similarities. Differences abound, and some of the most overlooked are listed below...

BoingBoing Update today:

Geoff Hargadon -- Hargo, now that he's a star -- is the creator of The Somerville Gates, a micro sendup of the saffron extravaganza now in New York's Central Park. And he has become almost preposterously famous. After he posted photos on his website of his 13-gate installation -- made from stuff he picked up at Home Depot that he glued together and painted orange -- Hargadon received more than 4 million hits, so many that he had to take it down yesterday because his Internet service was charging him for every visit. He owes thousands, he says.

Museums across the country are after him. Manhattan's Pratt Institute wants a Somerville Gate for its permanent collection. Ditto, the Browne Popular Culture Museum in Bowling Green, Ohio; the Portland Art Museum in Oregon; and Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. Someone from Tufts University invited him to display the work in a juried art show.

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At 3:59 PM, Blogger Isabella K said...

I think that's hilarious. The headline I saw the other day called him the anti-Christo.

At 2:58 PM, Blogger Kimberly said...

While I got to the site before the Somerville Gates were taken down, it was loading v e r y s l o w l y because of all the hits.

I find it somehow fitting that they, too, came down after only a short period of time. And I love the anti-Christo! Heehee!


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