No, that’s not some kind of particularly obscure political metaphor, though it does involve a crucial swing state. Two artists, Mathew Wilson and Adam Brooks, have commissioned a butter sculptor from the Ohio State Fair, Bob Kling, to sculpt a butter bust of President Obama in the cold storage area at Grant Park Packing. It will then be rolled through the streets of downtown (in a big glass-fronted cooler) until it reaches its destination, the Chicago Cultural Center, to be added to a retrospective of Wilson and Brooks’ work. Why? “We invite the public to make of that what they will, rather than make a political statement of our own, which would surely be a very dull thing to do,” Wilson tells the Sun-Times.
New City has a little more on the artistic impulses behind the artwork:
They call this piece “The Harvest” because, as Wilson explains in his quiet English accent, they are quite literally harvesting the responses or opinions of passersby who observe the parade. It is both spectacle and American tradition wrapped into one stick.
The part we like the best is that they hope to be able to stop and plug it in once in a while along the way at friendly bars or retailers. Because, as Hillary Clinton said, it takes a village to keep a butter head of the president from melting. [Sun-Times/New City]