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Marisa DiPaola at Bumpkin Island—Article & video

August 11, 2010

Here’s a quote from the article by Andrea Shea/WBUR and video:

…When asked if he has a favorite installation this year, he replies, “Yes, I do. ‘Octopus’ Garden.’ I think what attracted me to it was the shear creativity, particularly in the garb of the artist herself.”

The artist is Marisa DiPaola, and she’s wearing a skirt made of eight denim legs. Her jean tentacles even have suction cups. DiPaolo invites some cute little girls into her project, saying, “I am your octopus. This is my garden. Welcome.”

Her garden is a huge circle of glacial rocks. The artist collected them, and says octopi actually do something similar in the wild.

“The rocks are arranged in chromatic order,” she says, “red, orange, yellow, green, blue in the center and then purple shells at the end. Kids have really responded to adding rocks to those piles and it’s just seeing how vibrant and colorful the beach right here is.”

Under the relentless sun, DiPaola has been gathering and rolling rocks of all sizes into her garden for three days. Periodically she takes refuge in a temporary shelter. Sunscreen and hats are critical on Bumpkin. Also water.

Artist Marisa DiPaola in her "Octopus' Garden." (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

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