28.07.10 by Jeff

Robert Barta

“Move it”, a hula-hooping cactus, by Robert Barta.

robert barta hula hoop cactus sculpture video art

Watch the video here.













Jeff
Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.



  • coolio, though oddly i like the photo much better, as there’s humor for me in implying that the hoop goes around, but ultimately leaving it up to the imagination in terms of how the hoop makes it around…

    • you know what, i totally agree – i like the photo best

  • Funny guys, I am the artist 🙂
    photo is good except if you never saw the work for real….
    But the idea was for a tree first – and chose
    the cactus because it stands for absolute static
    anti move and non flexible in the wind…
    Also there is an issue about time – if you imagine
    what you see (in the video) is 800 years or so
    shot in 25 seconds !! The cactus would grow from left to right, just in the
    right moment to hold it up. And believe me this is
    not easy Physics ! The hoop falls down if the rotation
    per minute less than 60 and if its over 75 / almost to human
    heartbeat.
    good night.

    • robert i love the work – i think it is fantastic and the images produced from it are incredible – i hope you were not offended i wish i could have seen it in person to fully experience it

  • Hi Jeff,

    yo, keep the ball down man 🙂
    I am never offended because its actually my opinion that
    artists should be very thank full to all people they earn
    positive or negative critique from.
    I was glad to find out that it has been seen so many times
    on youtube which is not always the case for artwork…
    Also the next show its in – will be in Villa Merkel Museum, Esslingen
    until February 21st, so if you happen to be in germany, you have got a
    chance to see it.
    Also one edition of it was just sold in my italian gallery, which is good because
    that way it will probably travel a bit…
    best,
    robert

    • cheers Robert – i would love it if i was out in germany then – i would most definitely come check it out – there is a chance i will be out in europe around that time – so maybe the planets will align and ill be there!

      all the best

      /jeff





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