Eco-Friendly Art or Not?

We thought that Anthony Gormley's winning proposal for the fourth plinth was the most ecological art possible: a different person standing on top of a column for an hour, all day, every day, for 100 days. Some commenters at TreeHugger disagreed since people had to travel to get to it and the structure itself wasn't green. But Martin Creed, another English artist, may have upped the stakes with Work No 850, his specially commissioned work for the Duveen Galleries at the Tate Britain. It consists of a runner sprinting through the galleries at the art museum. Each one will have to make an 86 metre sprint throughout the art museum, avoiding hitting patrons. That should take 12 seconds, then there will be a 15 second pause, "like a rest in a piece of music", according to the artist, and the next runner will set off. They were recruited from running magazines and each will work a four-hour shift. The artist wants to keep it going for eight hours a day until November, when the prize is awarded.

But is it art? His last piece (a winner) consisted of a light being switched on and off in a gallery, all day long. Of this new work Martin Creed says: "Running is a beautiful thing. You do it without a pool, or a bike; it is the body doing as much as it can on its own." And: "Running is the opposite of being still. If you think about death as being completely still and movement as a sign of life, then the fastest movement possible is the biggest sign of life. So then running fast is like the exact opposite of death: it's an example of aliveness." :: The Independent
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