Thread Spools & Artist Devorah Sperber

by Ramona on October 26, 2011

OMG!! Thread spools used as an art medium! No, really, the actual spool of thread is used by New York artist Devorah Sperber in her installations. The color of the thread is the artist’s paint!

The piece depicting Marilyn Monroe’s iconic subway grate episode is installed in the lobby of One Penn Plaza in New York City. The list of materials includes 15,092 spools of thread, hanging equipment and a convex mirror to reflect the installation. In the same venue, there are other Thread Spool installations by Devorah, including the old Penn Station clock!

Here’s a close-up of the installation and the mirror.  In the artist’s own words, “the convex mirror is an important part of the installation and shows how the distortion of the elongated image constructed from thread is corrected and turned into a circle when seen reflected in the mirror”.

You can see more of Devorah’s works on her website.

So, ASG members and other readers, have you used a thread spool in ways other than intended? OK, OK, maybe a project with an EMPTY spool of thread?


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Glo October 26, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Wow! that is fantastic!

Susan October 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Amazing, as is the science behind the image! Great find, Samina.

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