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The Venus Project

Copper wire, brass wire, bicycle tires, ribbon, pearls, air, scarlet runner beans, purple beans,soil, water, sunlight, time

Inspired by the overt femaleness of the Venus de Villendorf and a school weaving project based on creating woven sculptures, I used the loom to weave an open tube of wire, bicycle tires and ribbon. The tires, once inflated, became the huge bosom and buttocks of the statue. The finished piece hung in my garden and in the spring I decided to grow beans up it and enter it into the 2005 Wearable Art Show (picture 1). In the show I called it “Venus de Beano” (picture 2). Ultimately, Venus went back to the garden where she awaits her next interpretation (picture 3). Photo credit: Frozen Reflections (

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