Artist Turns Hundreds Of Old Shoes Into A Massive Art Installation

September 3, 2014 1:02 PM

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Artist Turns Hundreds Of Old Shoes Into A Massive Art Installation

Fans of the artist Chiharu Shiota know her as a human spider, a woman who weaves objects and bodies into enormous, room-sized webs. Her traveling installation, "Over The Continents," references this tradition. This month, visitors to the Freer Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C. will take in the sight of red lines shooting off hundreds of shoes to meet at a point in the sky above, like rays from a crimson sun.

Shiota -- a protégé of Marina Abramovic's -- finds meaning in the everyday materials that bind us: the shoes we wear, the keys that jangle in our pockets. For "Over The Continents," she collected shoes from flea markets, as well as friends and strangers. When possible, she asked donors to write note...

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