Measuring Up At Tate St Ives

As Sewists, we’re used to taking our body measurements. Imagine my delight when I discovered an installation at the Tate St Ives that invited visitors to have their height added to this ultimate Work In Progress. From a distance this looked like clever, painstaking typography speeding around the four walls of the room. My sister and I gasped when we realised we could contribute.

We were each allowed to press our backs against the wall and a curator would do this:

My sister being measured:

And then your name is squeezed in with a date:

I thought this exhibition was wonderful. The Tate, in all its manifestations, does interactive art like no other museum or gallery I know.

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11 Responses to Measuring Up At Tate St Ives

  1. ooobop says:

    What a fantastic idea. I love it! I would love to walk into that room. Never been to St. Ives. I think I should one day x

  2. Becca B says:

    Wow! This is breathtaking and would be amazing to see in person.
    -Becca B.

  3. Debi says:

    Neat! What a clever idea!

  4. Roobeedoo says:

    WOW! And did you notice “Lisette 9.6.11”?! You could have worn your dress! 😉

  5. Dibs says:

    That looks like one cool art project. I really don’t get modern art, but this is cool and contemprorary.

  6. mooncalf says:

    Oh I did that at MOMA in New York a couple of years ago. I wonder what they do with them afterwards…

  7. Andrea says:

    This is so cool. And wouldn’t it look fabulous as a print on a nice white cotton fabric? I must confess I have a thing for prints featuring script.

  8. molly says:

    Fun! That’s kindof what my family did as we were growing up. There was one little strip of wall that was marked on every year with everyone’s height measurements to chart our growth.

  9. Sarah says:

    Now that is super cool!

  10. Kat H says:

    That is so awesome!!

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