Dada – Par for the Course

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Client: Philadelphia Museum of Art

Location: Philadelphia, PA, United States

Completion date: 2017

Artwork budget: $9,500

Project Team

Artist

Petra Stanev

Stanev Potts

Client

Andrew Ferrarelli

Stanev Potts

Overview

Selected by the Philadelphia Museum of Art as a competition winner for a miniature golf hole inspired by a piece of art in the collection.

Goals

The piece was inspired by a modernist poster designed by Marcel Duchamp. The Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts an impressive collection of Duchamp's work, making his poster an exciting challenge to transform into a miniature golf hole. This poster is a catalogue of all 212 works listed from the exhibition at Sidney Janis Gallery in New York in 1953 and was designed to be crumbled up and thrown away. With the original intent of crumbling the paper, the entry was designed to manipulate the path that the ball would travel to resemble a crushed poster.

Process

The team at stanev potts worked to figure out a cost effective way to scale up a crumple of paper into something that could capture the seaming randomness of the original mock up with the design criteria of needing to support its own weight at its scaled up size, to actually function as a surface for mini-golf, and to be able to stand up to the weather during the length of the temporary installation. Stanev Potts first designed a general course for the ball to travel and created a form that would be structurally stable. This form was then built by applying a resin to paper and controlling the way it sets. The final design clearly illustrates the original artists intent in an inventive and exciting new way.