Jean Shin MAiZE: A Collaboration with the Figge Art Museum and the Quad City Community



Artist Jean Shin invites the community to “harvest” green plastic soda bottles and repurpose them into a monumental art installation at the Figge Art Museum. Workshops beginning in January 2017 will instruct community volunteers and school groups how to create the “corn stalks.” The “corn stalk” sculptures will form an elaborate maze for the public to explore beginning June 24. 

MAiZE invites the community into the creative art-making process. Made out of thousands of plastic bottles collected and transformed by community volunteers, the corn maze construction will encourage visitors to think about environmental issues like plastic waste and pollution, as well as the effects of processed food on health. 

Jean Shin is nationally recognized for her monumental installations that transform everyday objects into elegant expressions of identity and community. Her work has been widely exhibited in major national and international museums, including in solo exhibitions at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona (2010), Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC (2009), the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia (2006), and The Museum of Modern Art in New York (2004). Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in the United States, Shin attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1999 and received a BFA and MS from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She lives and works in New York City.

To take part in MAiZE, contact Vanessa Brown, curatorial assistant, at vbrown@figgeartmuseum.org or 563.345.6636.

MAiZE will be on view June 24-September 24, 2017

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