I need your help with a Big CONCEPTUAL ART Project I’m developing. Good News: it won’t cost you a dime. And it’ll be LOTS of fun!
Pineapple Heads already know that prior to working at ad agencies I worked at a large arts council in Florida, and have a strong interest in conceptual arts such as Christo’s work wrapping islands in fabric, placing yellow umbrellas across the landscape of Japan, and stretching a billowing curtain across two counties in California. Cool!
When I parked my sailboat and moved to rural South Carolina, it was
Christo that inspired “island surrounded by cows” concept for Pineapple Hill. I built the beach house up on pilings in a cow pasture then gave it a boathouse, surfboards and oyster roasts. The cows showed up on their own –an endorsement as I see it.
Still, my transition to Jonesville, South Carolina, wasn’t easy. I felt, truly, like a fish out of water. I tried swimming in the Jonesville
Reservoir (across the pasture and through the woods from The Hill) but never felt at ease. Too many snakes …plus the possibility of a ranger sneaking up (since swimming isn’t allowed there).
So I bought a blue rubber pool. An ugly one. A very weird one. The kind that resemble a big blue rubber mushroom…
It cooled me off on hot summer days. Brought back the sound of splashing gurgling water and, too, the sensation of floating, weightless and carefree. It provided a lot of laughs at a time I most needed them. And time to think, floating ’round and ’round, clockwise or counter clockwise according to my mood and my adjustment of the jets.
I loved that freaky pool. I can’t explain it but there’s a bit of attitude built in –a sense of what Harley-Davidson riders mean when they say (“if you have to ask, you wouldn’t understand.”)
Either you get it, intuitively, or you don’t.
THAT SAID, MY big arts project PROPOSAL IS AS FOLLOWS…
I want to create a website dedicated to blue rubber pools and the people that love them; that have been changed by them; that understand their similarity to space ships; that have written poems in them, and dreamed big dreams in them.
I want photos of your blue rubber pool along
with your stories, essays, poems, observations, inspired thoughts, dreams …whatever you’ve …as long as it relates to a cheap rubber pool.
I want to tell the world our story. I want to build a masterpiece of conceptual art with all of us inside it.
Send your stuff to me via tim bryant (at) pineapplehillsc (dot) com.
Another way you can help
is simply spreading the word. Point people to this proposal using Twitter, Linked In, Facebook, etc. and help make #BlueRubberPool bigger than I can alone.
Make it one big pool party!
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— Tim, Surf Director
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Bone up on Christo here