Hong Kong Art Fair
Sociopolitical implications of firearms aside, the use of a summertime plaything also suggests an element of timeliness—or, more specifically, novelty. The day-glo colors and cheap plastic construction serve as shorthand for Pop Art, but the sheer abundance transcends the scope of kitsch. Meanwhile, a few of the water guns have been adapted into lamps, but the components are largely left intact, such that the installation comes across as unambiguously decorative: visually striking for sure, but rather less substantive than, say, Ai Weiwei's "Sunflower Seeds."
Of course, the implicit disposability of the overstock is precisely the point; while one could just as easily imagine all variety of dollar-store toy suspended in curtain-like fashion, the water guns impart a nice sense of scale and proportion, constituting something a mutant ball pit—which are surely made from the very same plastic—gone vertical.
Ray is a contributor to Core77. Aside from design, his interests include art, music, cycling, urbanism, food, patterns, maps, coffee and em-dashes—seriously, he includes at least one in every post he writes.
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