patternsthatconnect

abstract art, a systems view

the art of non-verbal communication

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The sign says

"Please do not climb on the Sol LeWitt"

yet the art work says

"Please climb on me"

The meaning of the communication is the response it elicits, not necessarily the intention of the communicator.

  

  

My guess is that  Sol LeWitt knew that one of the meanings of this piece would become  “climb on me”, maybe it is the message of all public sculptures ( some more than others).

The sign not to climb, the verbal communication, is incongruent with the non-verbal communication, the sign that is the art work itself. Possibly, that’s why people ignore it, or notice it after they have already transgressed! I suppose it’s a lot like “do not walk on the grass”.

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Written by Andy Parkinson

May 3, 2011 at 8:17 am

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  1. That is so great! I want to climb on it too. What was Lewitt’s intention I wonder?

    sbmacinnis

    May 3, 2011 at 10:45 pm

  2. Perhaps you could email him? (if he were still alive)

    Andy Parkinson

    May 4, 2011 at 4:51 pm


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