GRRR! is an inflatable sculpture inspired by speech balloons used
in comic strips. It invites people to interact with it directly, often for
the purpose of taking a picture.
Placed on, next to or in front of a building, the speech bubble suggests
an open urban narrative, similar to a frame in a cartoon strip.
The sculpture's shape and font are deliberately pixelated to reflect the
way such a large-scale sculpture is visually inserted into an urban
environment. Similar to a digital montage on the computer screen,
GRRR! is pasted into well-known Pittsburgh locations changing the
way we look at and relate to these space - the pixels become tangible and
call for interaction.
GRRR! was generously supported by the Sprout Fund's public art program
in conjunction with Pittsburgh Roars. It premiered at Carnegie Museum of
Art's Fierce Friends: Artists and Animals, 1750 to 1900 exhibition
and will be shown in different locations in the city of Pittsburgh from
April to December 2006.