Thursday, 19 August 2010
“It was a very hard year for me because of everything that came out of the Rodney King beating… I started thinking about myself more and more as a black man — as someone who was discarded, devalued, viewed as less than.”
One day, sitting on a bench in Grant Park in Chicago, [Nick Cave] saw twigs on the ground in a new light: they looked forsaken too. He gathered them by the armful and cut them into three-inch sticks. He drilled holes through the sticks, so he could wire them to an undergarment of his own creation, completely covering the fabric. As soon as the twig sculpture was finished, he said, he realized that he could wear it as a second skin:
“I put it on and jumped around and was just amazed. It made this fabulous rustling sound. And because it was so heavy, I had to stand very erect, and that alone brought the idea of dance back into my head.”
Text sourced from Bad At Sports.