Cigarette Installation (Detail) Katie Jacobs 2012

cigarettes, butts, street, renters, Indiana University, Jason Harper

Cigarettes on 7th Street 2012

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I created this as part of a Summer Class, where I was both an assistant to and a student of the wonderful artist Jason Harper. As a site-specific installation project, I created many cigarette butts from raw clay. At the corner of 7th and Indiana, I had seen countless butts outside this one house, and was astounded at the accumulation. I replaced the real cigarette butts with the unfired red and white clay versions, which would create a visible mess when crushed underfoot. I tried this twice, the results were underwhelming, but I like to think someone observant might have noticed!

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