by Gerry Mak in New Art on Thursday 10 April 2008

Joshua Allen Harris’ inflatable polar bear has been dropping jaws across the interweb recently. The artist ties the bear, made out of old plastic bags, onto ventilation grates that lead into NYC subway tunnels. At this point, the bear doesn’t look like much, but when a subway goes past, the warm air that rushes out of the vents inflates the plastic animal, making it come to life. This is so simple, yet stunningly conceived and exectuted. [more about Joshua Allen Harris]