July 25, 2009

Recycled LACMA Bears By Robert Fontenot

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When the Los Angeles County Museum of Art decided to deaccession over 100 items from its collection, artist Robert Fontenot was there to scoop them up. He bought over 50 items, mostly from the museum's costumes and textiles department, at auction, and has begun transforming them as part of his Recycle LACMA project. It gets people thinking about what it means for museums to sell off stuff that they once thought important enough to acquire, collect, and preserve.

And in the case of these emroidered pants from Guatemala, it gives them an adorable new life as a pair of teddy bears.

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Two Pair of Guatemalan Trousers [recycle lacma via man]

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