Upholstered Stone

artist: Elizabeth Demaray

filmmakers:  Owen Donovan & Takeshi Fukunaga

1950 Adjustable Pillow Block, L.B. McGuffage  U.S. patent no. 2,521,530

Upholstered Stone is part of a series of items that have been upholstered, including discarded shoes, bricks, tin cans, and 10-ton Nike Hercules Missile. The stone was measured, thinly padded, and then upholstered. The upholstery pieces are affixed to the stone without direct attachment, with each seam stressing the object inside. Viewers are invited to consider for themselves if it is really possible to make a stone any softer.


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