TOYS'R'US - Dinghy scale 1:1 - Michael Johansson
TOYS'R'US - Dingy scale 1:1, 2006
Mixed Media: dinghy, boat equipment, welded metal frame, spraypaint
Dimensions: 2 x 2,6 m.
Installation view: Besökarna, Västra Hamnen, Malmö (S)


TOYS'R'US - Dinghy scale 1:1
, 2006

A boat and related equipment are joined together in a welded metal frame. Everything is painted in a unifying plastic layer to resemble the surface of a model kit. The real boat is transformed into a model of itself, and its original purpose has given way to something else.

TOYS’R’US was made for the exhibition Besökarna (the Visitors) in a new part of Malmö, the Western Harbour, built for the housing fair Bo01 in 2001. The area was developed as a demonstration project to provide a model for future cities. Today, six years later, it still feels like a model. The artificial atmosphere still awaits to break loose from its surrounding plastic sticks.


Exhibited at:
Örebro Open Art, Örebro (S) 2009
Strings Attached, Nordnorsk Kunstnersenter, Svolvær (N) 2008
Besökarna, Västra Hamnen, Malmö (S) 2006

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Torson vinner inte! - Elena Tzotzi
Bizzbook - Västra Hamnen