Imponderable #44: Bakersfield California

27 Apr

April 27, 2012

I’d like to say I had more information for you. I’d like to say that the airplane will be turned into, I don’t know, anything but an airplane, but I can’t. From other sources online, it is what it appears to be: the guy will bury an airplane and let you use the toilet. Ten out of ten for convenience, I guess. When you got to go you got to go.

So as I often ask in this arena, is this art? What is he trying to say? I don’t know and I found no clue online. But what could he be saying? I’m stumped.

From The Washington Post: Buchel creates fictitious environmental installations that comment on social and political forces. Some of his previous work has included setting up a community center for low-income London residents inside a blue-chip gallery, and creating a maze within a garbage dump in Paris’s famed Palais de Tokyo. Bucher was also involved in a legal dispute with MASS MOCA after the museum attempted to complete and exhibit his installation called “Training Ground for Democracy,” without his cooperation. Courts initially ruled in favor of MOCA, but Bucher won on appeal.

He set up a maze in a garbage dump. Yeah, because when you find yourself in a garbage dump the one thing you want is to spend more time there.

Would you travel into the desert in order to climb down a tunnel and look at an airplane? The question is Imponderable.


5 Responses to “Imponderable #44: Bakersfield California”

  1. zathra April 27, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    If this were to construct some kind of unique subsurface habitat, like living in a converted missile silo, this might have some practical value. I could equally envision making a habitat out of a buried submarine. This just seems kind of….. pointless, actually, other than doing it because he can do it.

    There is / was an artist named Christo / Cristo who did things like putting colorful umbrellas up & down the CA coast, & trying to enclose the shoreline of 1 of the Florida Keys ( I think ) in plastic to ” make a statement “. I’m not sure if this is the same guy.


    • bmj2k April 27, 2012 at 1:23 am #

      Christo did The Gates here in Central Park a few years back. It was a series of huge arches with orange banners over most of the paths. I thought it was great. This guy? If he did something, anything, to the plane I’d feel better. But to just bury it? What’s the point? Honestly, if I were in the area I’d see it for the same reason I’d see the world’s largest ball of string or the deepest pit in the US. But art? Nah.


      • zathra April 27, 2012 at 2:15 am #

        My opinion – ART is not something you make to be buried, unless you’re making burial goods to accompany an Egyptian Pharaoh into his tomb & the Afterlife.
        If he removed the wings & engines, fuel tanks, from the rest of the plane, it might at LEAST make a serviceable habitat / condo, etc., like the missile silo home I mentioned. Burying a plane is just kind of meshuggah, even though some archeologists might excavate it 1,000 years from now, recognize it as a formerly airborne craft, & go ” WTF is this thing doing underground ? Did it somehow make such a freaky high speed impact that it burrowed underground yet remained intact ? & how come there aren’t any remains ? “.


  2. Thomas Stazyk April 27, 2012 at 4:29 am #

    Very imponderable indeed. I don’t care if the guy wants to do something totally pointless but why call it art?

    I can’t remember if I pointed this one out to you:

    Fortunately, the local Maori (NZ indigenous people) stood up and said that the idea was tacky and disrepectful to the unknown dead people and maybe even bad karma so it was cancelled.


    • zathra April 27, 2012 at 9:16 am #

      Margolles sounds like she would be at home at the Body Farm in E. TN or working with the German guy who plastinates bodies, Gunther Von Hagens.
      As to the buried airplane project, what’s so all – fired unusual about a plane just because it’s buried 38 feet below the surface that it should be called ” art ” ?


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