ARTplay: Use everyday objects in unexpected ways

[ 1 ] May 20, 2010 |

Artists often represent places they know well. Tony Capellan’s Mar Caribe is inspired by the coast of the Caribbean Sea and his home in the Dominican Republic. The many sandals in varied shades of blue suggest the ocean and wearing flip-flops on the beach. Tony Capellan collected these sandals and arranged them to create this sculpture.

Tony Capellan Mar Caribe
Installation View, Tony Capellan, Mar Caribe (Caribbean Sea), 1996. Mary B Jackson Fund.
Courtesy of Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design.

With your child: Look closely. Is there something unexpected? The place where you would slide your feet is made of barbed wire, which is unexpected. The artist took familiar everyday objects and transformed their appearance to share his ideas about a specific place.

Project: Find everyday objects that are all the same color or shape in your house and create your own sculpture.

ARTplay is a monthly column from the RISD Museum of Art in which various themes and activities introduce kids and parents to the museum’s collection both online and off. Each month, Kidoinfo will help spark your children’s interest in art, encouraging them to learn about different works at the museum. To learn more about the collection or see the art in person, visit the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, located at 20 N. Main Street, Providence, RI.

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Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. judith tannenbaum says:

    This is very cool. But too bad the photo isn’t better. I do have a detail that shows the barbed wire.

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