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‘Popcorn’ shortfilm published on Youtube

Now on youtube:

The creative process and public engagement of the travelling concrete ‘Popcorn’ sculpture

Published on Mar 16, 2014

‘Popcorn Travelling Artwork’ Short-film by Rune Bo Jakobsen accompanied by Monica Xiao’s ‘Piano Droplets’: ‘The First Dance’ and ‘Rain Season’

The concept behind the ‘Popcorn’ travelling sculpture is that of expansion and fertility. The popcorn analogy where a tiny seed bursts into a unique sculptural volume can be seen as an expression of life and the growth of the embryo. On one hand, the concept deals with the growth of the individual, yet also the growth of the industrial and physical environment.

The idea was to create an expanding volume using an experimental concrete casting technique where the concrete takes the shape of a textile form. The shape and texture of the sculpture is dictated by the forces and pressures between the flexible skin and the liquid concrete. Expressive tension lines and folds become fossilized in the concrete as if the expansion were frozen in time.
Whilst using industrial materials, the convex shapes are reminiscent of the Maltese Neolithic goddess of fertility. Some casts also contained concave voids, where the sculpture also becomes an introvert space – an opened seed or a womb.

The intention of the project was not only to develop the casting technique; but to bring art out of the museum and directly into the street where the public can touch and perhaps embrace the artwork.

It is a tactile sensory experience: a ‘hug-able’ one tonne concrete popcorn.

The creative process and public engagement has been captured and portrayed in a short-film showing the ‘Popcorn’ travelling to a number of outdoor public locations and events throughout Malta.
Starting in September in the streets of Valletta for the Science in the City; then in October to the gardens of Upper Barrakka for Notte Bianca and in November by the Grand harbour at the Valletta Waterfront. Other hosting locations include Sliema Promenade, Tigné Point, Mater dei Hospital and Zejtun prior to returning to Valletta at the Malta Design Week in May 2014.

During Malta Design Week 2014 the ‘Popcorn’ sculpture along with the experimental test-casts and short-film will be exhibited at Fort St. Elmo, Valletta.

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Popcorn Sculpture at Mater Dei hospital

Split second movie-still of bus headlights projecting silhouettes on the concrete.MATER DEI Popcorn_2014a

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Sliema Promenade early Monday morning; December 2013 location for the travelling Popcorn Sculpture

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Popcorn Sculpture last week of November at the Valletta Waterfront before next move…

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Popcorn Sculpture at the Valletta Waterfront for November 2013

Great seeing the interaction between the public and the Popcorn artwork; here at the Valletta Waterfront on a warm November evening in Malta. valletta waterfront night teenagers_rbj_popcorn -s

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Popcorn sculpture at Notte Bianca & Science in the City, Valletta

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cat on Popcorn, upper barrakka gardens, Valletta

just now installed travelling Popcorn sculpture in Valletta Upper Barrakka gardens for the Notte Bianca event tomorrow Saturday 5th October…. funny the cats were first to sit on it there=)

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upper barrakka gardens, Valletta
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‘Popcorn’ artwork at Science in the City, Valletta

Perhaps you already managed to see it at Merchant street, Valletta- here some photos of the ‘popcorn’ sculpture with wonderful interaction with people at the Science in the City event. Also a night scenography with electric taxis zipping by at dusk this Saturday evening.

Really fascinating how practically everyone stops to touch and ponder over the sculpture -children run to embrace it – adults touch it expecting a soft material and then realize it could be stone or concrete -and with the notion of popcorn a smile pops out.'Popcorn' artwork at Valletta Science in the City event, September 2013, rbj

'Popcorn' artwork at Valletta Merchant Street with electric taxis zipping by, September 2013, rbj

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Popcorn Departures Hall

The popcorn cast ready on the gantry crane at Blokrete ltd. Soon to begin the journey throughout Malta; first stop at Merchant street, Valletta for the Science in the City event: Friday 27th September 2013.

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Upcoming event! 27th September: ‘Popcorn’ artwork at Science in the City, Valletta

‘Popcorn’ Public Artwork Project

Rune Bo Jakobsen has studied, worked and tutored workshops in Denmark, Arizona, Italy, Finland, Greece, Mexico and Malta.   Working as an architect by day and artist by night, he has this year been awarded Malta Arts Funds for his traveling Public Art Project, ‘Popcorn’.

The concept behind ‘Popcorn’ is that of expansion and fertility. The popcorn analogy where a tiny seed bursts into a unique sculptural volume can be seen as an expression of life and the growth of the embryo. On one hand, the concept deals with the growth of the individual, yet also the growth of the industrial and physical environment.

The idea is to create an expanding volume using an experimental concrete casting technique where the concrete takes the shape of a textile form. The shape and texture of the sculpture is dictated by the forces and pressures between the flexible skin and the liquid concrete.

Currently casts are growing to an industrial scale where casting experiments are gradually increasing in size arriving at 1m in diameter and reaching two tonnes. The forces of the liquid concrete become much stronger, subjecting the materials and sculptural method to tougher tests. Expressive tension lines and folds are fossilized in the concrete as if the expansion were frozen in time.

Whilst using industrial materials, the convex shapes are reminiscent of the Maltese Neolithic goddess of fertility.  Some casts also contain concave voids, where the sculpture also becomes an introvert space – an opened seed or a womb.

The intention is to bring art out of the museum and directly into the street where the public can touch and perhaps embrace the artwork. It is a tactile sensory experience:  a ‘hug-able’ popcorn.

The ‘Popcorn’ sculpture is intended for exhibition traveling to a number of outdoor public locations throughout Malta: starting in September in the streets of Valletta for the Science in the City; then in October to the gardens of Upper Barrakka for Notte Bianca and in November by the Grand harbour at the Valletta Waterfront.
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