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  • 07.23.10

Whoa: A Full-On Plaid Rainbow. All The Way

Ooooo. Pretty colors.

Whoa: A Full-On Plaid Rainbow. All The Way

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An installation of woven rainbow-stripe ribbons has opened at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. It’s like a giant swatch of plaid! On acid!

The installation, by artist Megan Geckler, is made up of thousands of strands of flagging tape, a non-adhesive plastic ribbon that surveyors use to mark off construction sites. It was built for the museum’s California Design Biennial 2010: Action/Reaction. The installation is on view ’til October.

A lot of Geckler’s work is “custom-built and site-specific — definitely not typical sculpture,” she says. This piece riffed off the museum’s overhead lighting grid, which became the framework — almost like a weaving loom — for the plaid. Apparently, it took more than 700 hours (and 20 people) to throw up.

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Geckler says she expects viewers’ first reaction to be a “‘wow’ or ‘WTF’ moment.”

Wow!

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WTF!

It all feels very Californian to us: fun, moony, studiously uncomplicated. We wouldn’t be surprised to find Wavy Gravy here.

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Click here for more FastCompany.com coverage of fun with tape.

[Images courtesy of Megan Geckler]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.

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