When I began this project I was really excited about choosing my own material, but I had a lot of ideas that sounded impossible. Most of these ideas had to do with food. Making a sculpture out of 100 sugar cubes without them all disintegrating seemed impossible and chewing up 100 separate pieces of gum and making something interested me and grossed me out at the same time. I ended up choosing to use shot glasses and small disposable containers which are two things that are related to food, but they aren’t nearly as messy. Using the shot glasses was both fun and simple. I used colorful wire to connect them by drilling holes in the glasses then threading the wires through and tying them. At first, the sculpture didn’t get much wider, it was just long and thin, but once I added the larger containers, the piece evolved. I like the amount of space that is taken up, and that the piece is over 5 feet tall. If I were to do this project again, I’d be sure to think through how I would construct it first.
Overall, this sculpture is meant to show the dangers of underage drinking. The fun, childlike colors of the wire symbolize youth which contrasts the shot glasses. Shape wise, the long tangled structure of the sculpture show hows addiction is a long path. Many youth in America begin drinking in high school, some as young as twelve.
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