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Sponge Doodads, Cloth Doodahs

Episode:106Te Papa Collection:Art and Photography

Suggested curriculum levels:2 – 8

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, The Arts: Communicating and Interpreting

Description:Two Dunedin artists combined everyday cleaning materials with ceramics to make a sculpture that represents a coral reef, and makes a comment about our use of plastics. Rubber gloves may never look the same again!

Questions for students

  1. Describe the sculpture in your own words, as if you're telling someone who can't see or touch it. Explain what it is made of and what it looks like.
  2. What do you think the artists wanted to tell viewers of their work? How do the materials help them get their message across?
  3. Do you think art needs to convey a message? Is it enough just to look beautiful or use materials in an interesting way?
  4. What ideas does this sculpture give you that you could you use for your own work? Use the 'Ideas' response template to explore some ideas of your own. Which ideas do you want to take further?
  5. The narrator says it's ironic that a work that uses cleaning materials is in fact too fragile to be cleaned. What does she mean by 'ironic'?

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