So how does one “break down” an ear? Well, take the twigs and sticks out of it of course! The Urban Agriculture group devoted about six hours to taking apart the Ear Sculpture donated by local artist Robert Wiens for last year’s Open Corridor Festival. Over the course of the year, the stick-made ear became home to bugs and critters of all sizes and was falling apart, due to the passage of time and the weather’s effects on it.
Taking it down was time consuming, as it had been secured in place with expensive tubing, wires and nails. The dumpster was filled to the top, and was in fact overflowing at the conclusion of the night. It took about 6-10 people, to take the sculpture down and free up the space around the building where it was located. The area is free again for perhaps another project in the future, but as for the ear, its only existence is in the minds of those that saw it, or the tiny twigs left scattered on the ground.