Two brothers, Tiago and Gabriel Primo, have decided to live on the side of a building in Brazil from May to August of this year. They are equipped with climbing gear to maneuver their way about the side of the wall. This performance piece must be causing all who see it to question human need for private space, objects, possessions, and comfort.

This reminds me, of course, of Indianapolis Island, one sculpture that is part of 100 Acres, the brand new sculpture park at the IMA. If you live in Indianapolis, I don’t have to tell you about this, but for my non-local readers, allow me to share: this place is awesome. And this piece in particular is intriguing:

Indianapolis Island, Andrea Zittel

From the IMA website: “About 20 feet in diameter, the island is fully inhabitable and serves as an experimental living structure that examines the daily needs of contemporary human beings.” The fiberglass island is inhabited by two art students who have collaborated with Zittel to create their own project, “Give and Take.” You can follow along with their blog where they document their progress and how they modify the island to suit their needs. Or you can interact with them directly: either send them a message in one of the many floating pods on the lake or ring a bell to receive a tour. Some of their additions include floating gardens, a bicycle generator, and modular furniture.

Pieces like this are both challenging and immediately accessible. We can relate to these ideas, because both projects instantly raise all sorts of questions about the way we live and what we need. We can easily turn these questions back on ourselves, making for art that is truly engaging.