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MCA Visitors on Work No. 1357, MOTHERS

Posted November 27, 2012

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Martin Creed
Work No. 1357, MOTHERS, 2012
White neon, steel
22.4 x 47.6 feet (6.8 x 14.5 m)
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York
Installation view, Martin Creed Plays Chicago, MCA Chicago, 2012
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

“Why only mothers? Why not women in general?”

“I like it because I’m pregnant. Baby is on the mind.”

“My first thought was, ‘Hey! I’m one!’”

“It’s a very strong statement.”

“I mean . . . it’s just plain cool.”

“The piece is very applicable to us. We’re on a mothers’ getaway weekend.”

“I appreciate the kinetic aspect of the piece.”

“Honor your mother!”

“Where’d they get the beams to make sure it’s structurally sound?”

“I didn’t understand it at first and I still don’t. You know, like, why does it rest on that pedestal? Things like that.”

“I like being able to be under it. I also loved the idea of a big neon THING going around and around and beaming out at night.”

“Mothers make the world go around.”

If you walked past the MCA plaza sometime in the last few weeks you may have noticed some construction work going on. In early August, the pace accelerated and Martin Creed’s Work No. 1357 MOTHERS quickly took shape.

Here is the story in photos.

All images: Martin Creed: Work No. 1357, MOTHERS, 2012 (MCA Chicago Plaza Project, install in progress). White neon, steel. 22.4 x 47.6 feet (6.8 x 14.5 m). Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York. Photo: Abraham Ritchie, © MCA Chicago.