Tête à Tête was commissioned from an existing maquette by the museum director for the D.A.M. These figures spin in place and were intriguing because of their changing dialog. They move to interact with the clientele, appear to be studying other installations at the museum or engage in a dialog between them.
Placing them on the bridge, they become 'visitors' when viewed from 14th street traffic and engage museum attendees as they walk across the bridge.
We collaborated in finding an appropriate place for these figures to change all the time and interact differently each time visitors to the museum passed. The custodians were initially in charge of changing the direction of each figure, rules are rules and you can't touch the art.
The piece was too intriguing for guests to keep hands away. Eventually the curatorial staff was happy to have people engage and spin the art themselves, creating their own dialog. Alone in a high traffic area, they don't establish a precedent for touching elsewhere. We collaboratively also then, broke the rules.
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