September 7, 2010

If Slater Bowled

“If Slater Bowled” is artist Alison Wright’s homage to surfing icon and hero Kelly Slater and will be on display suspended over the escalators at Metlox Plaza through mid November 2010.

Like the 10 foot tall bowling pin, heroes are larger than life and with this sculpture, Wright explores the nature of modern myths and heroes and our culture’s relationship to them.  Although Kelly Slater’s prowess is clearly not bowling, his competitive spirit, ambition and charisma would most likely take him to the top of whatever he attempted.

“If Slater Bowled” was made sea worthy by Wright’s collaborator, South Bay surfboard shaper Mark Brog.  The pin shaped surboard is made of EPS Styrofoam and epoxy resin while the 4 foot diameter ball is made of polyester resin.
It has been put in the water near the Manhattan Beach Pier and the results of the outing are available on the Single Pin Red website.