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May 15, 2006

Myslexia - Naked Scrabble Babe.jpg

I don't know how you feel about art. More precisely what actually qualifies as art? Sometimes these days it seems as if controversy overtakes true artistic merit but maybe I'm just too simplistic in my understanding of what message is trying to be conveyed by today's post-modern artists. At any rate, it's always amazing to witness the creativity and unlikely materials used by some of today's best-known talents.

The Sunday Mirror (05/14/06) from the UK reports that David Mach has created a sculpture of a naked woman from Scrabble tiles. Yes, the world's most popular word game has been used to create an 8-foot tall realistic looking nude girl.

It only took 4200 of the tiny wooden letters or the equivalent of 42 Scrabble sets worth of tiles. The combined score of the statue is 76 000 points not counting if you managed to put it on a triple word score square.

You can own this unique masterpiece for a mere 50 000 British pounds ($94 189 US). It was commissioned by the Cass Sculpture Foundation and is on display in Goodwood (how appropriate name wise), West Sussex.

Zanny Gilchrist, spokesperson for the foundation, states, "Standing in front of the piece one is reminded of other classic nudes. David Mach is an artist who delights in turning conventions on their head."

Mach has previously used magazines, newspapers and car tires in his sculptures. Personally, rather than it making me think of classical art, it makes me think of Lego Land or butter sculptures at the State Fair.

Meanwhile, he named the sculpture as a play-on-words combining the gender of the figure and the word disorder dyslexia. I'm not sure if that is merely meant as an obvious description of the actual artwork or if he means to imply that seeing bare-naked broads makes us mix up our words - at any rate, I find Myslexia, as the piece is titled leaves me slightly speechless.

Posted by Will Peters at May 15, 2006 10:45 AM

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Interesting...

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