Monday, May 21, 2007

The 337 Project.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to visit the 337 Project, which is conveniently located just a couple blocks down the street from me in downtown Salt Lake. Its closing weekend is this coming May 25-27. An art project of pretty mammoth proportions, it’ll all go up in a ball of smoke (literally) sometime after that. The general idea was that the building was condemned to be demolished, making way for yet another set of condos, so 136 artists were invited to go crazy on it in the meantime. Walls, floors, ceilings parking lots were all utilized—any blank spots were just pieces of a large (and seemingly ever-expanding) canvas. What has resulted is one pretty much one of the craziest expressions of art I’ve ever witnessed. All forms are represented, from installations to graffiti to sounds to, well, there are no real limits, period. It’s one of those things you must see to believe. And your time is very, very limited to do so. If you happen to be in SLC this weekend, check it out before it goes away (400 East 337 South). Suggestion: Hit it up early in the afternoon rather than too late into the night. There was a 3-hour wait to get in on Saturday.

Sidenote: I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the fact something so amazing is going away so soon. It's a little sad. I am glad, however, that it was allowed to happen. I'm glad someone had the idea and brought it to fruition. I saw many of the artists involved standing around at various spots of the "art house" and they're just beaming. They're so incredibly happy to see something like this happen. Based on that alone, so am I.


Sarita said...

I went yesterday and was so glad that I did. Great experience. Got some similar photos to post on my own blog, but it seems you beat me to it.

We spoke to one of the artists who talked about how fragments of all the works will be preserved for a display later this year. They wont be saving whole pieces because it would compromise the the nature of the project, that it is to be destroyed. Or something like that.

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ewesa said...

the shoes are the coolest! I couldn't figure out how they did that until I finally noticed the strings.

Sherpa said...

That is so cool. I'm probably not coming out to utah until late this summer so it was great to take a virtual tour. Thanks D!

Anne said...

This looks incredible. Oh how I wish it would be open until September so that I could see it. I'm glad I at least got to go on the virtual tour. Thanks!!