This spring 6th graders studied the work of Kara Walker when we discussed about silhouettes. She is an African American artist that explores the ideas of race and gender by creating large scale landscapes of black paper cuts out. Her new work at The Domino Sugar Factory focuses on worker's rights and the history of the production of sugar. The sugar factory is scheduled to be demolished and rebuilt as high end housing in the next year. Walker, who lives in New York City and is a professor at Columbia University, has filled the sugar factory with huge sculptures partially made of sugar. I think its something you have to see to believe and hope you all get a chance to check it out.
The piece is titled: A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby: an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant
It is free and open Fridays 4-8pm and Saturdays 12-6pm at The Domino Sugar Factory in Wiliamsburg, Brooklyn.
Click here to see an interesting video about the piece.