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ultimate reality show

Joan Waters's avatar Joan Waters

An over-sized welded steel television set creates a viewing frame for the public to observe daily life—the “ultimate reality show.” The sculpture isolates a view of the world, and challenges the viewer to consider it in a new way. This iconic television set is based on the design of an antique model, and lacks the sleek facade of modern electronic devices. The controls, which are made with pipe, create additional portals that offer cropped views of reality. The rusted steel is constructed to look heavy and layered, with exposed welds and a sense of physicality that draws attention to the vulnerability of this relic. Given that television wasn't invented until the 1930's, one of the questions the sculpture asks us to consider is how our perceptions of life are created or altered by viewing two-dimensional images on TV and the other electronic screens on which we rely.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 20 in.
  • Medium: oxidized steel
  • Width: 48 in.
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 66 in.