Friday, July 27, 2012

Floating oldies. What the heckins?

Old Masters - installation piece by Angie Hiesl & Roland Kaiser.

"Twenty feet above the sidewalk, white chairs are attached to the walls of buildings in the Latin Quarter, with ten senior citizens sitting on them. One is knitting, another folds laundry and a third is eating. All of them appear to be floating above everyday concerns, their strange position adding an enchanting note to the cityscape. Old age becomes urban poetry, insisting that we stop and take a look.
Affixed to the façades of buildings on St. Denis Street, they are an evocative display of passing time, blurring distinctions so that life becomes art. Some might walk by without noticing them, but others will raise their heads and stop to gaze at this surprising image of mature angels adding a touch of grace to the urban space.
An undisciplined and interdisciplinary German artist who specializes in site-specific interventions, Angie Hiesl concocted this “human exhibit” so that we might view elderly people as works of art. After winning over audiences in Europe and South America, her group will make its North American début with this beautifully disconcerting performance installation."

Some great photos here.

Have a great weekend my lovelies!


  1. I love this. Was just having a heated debate the other day about how Disney has spent decades portraying "Old People" as wicked and evil and Young People as pure and innocent. And that the Ghibli films, apart from being generally wonderful are all the more so for portraying old people as kind and wise. Respect your elders!

    I probably wouldn't have said that as a teenager though.

  2. That is amazing .... but also a little bit scary. Just making a note to self to avoid Montreal in old age.

  3. @shemakesremakes ha! too true! thanks for visiting :-)


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