Take Kate's place on Prince William's arm
[UPDATE: Jennifer Rubell's interactive exhibit, "Engagement," opened today, Feb. 8, and runs through March 5. See video below of the artist with a life-size statue of Prince William. The Associated Press has more on Rubell's thoughts about her work and other art inspired by the royal engagement.]
Soon, those looking to copy Kate Middleton can take a step beyond dressing in identical clothes or buying knock-offs of her engagement ring. They can step into her position on Prince William's arm.
"Engagement," an interactive display by American artist Jennifer Rubell, is to open Tuesday at the Stephen Friedman Gallery in London. A life-size wax sculpture of the prince is shown in the same pose and clothes from his November engagement announcement; museum goers are invited to step into the exhibit and slide their arm through the prince's. A replica of his fiancee's sapphire and diamond engagement ring is positioned on his forearm for people to slip their fingers through.
A press release from the gallery -- which is displaying additional works by Rubell -- summarized the concept: "The ensuing picture of royalty and its subject rests somewhere between an official portrait and seaside entertainment. By stepping momentarily into Kate's position, the work enables one not only to consider afresh the expectations of marriage (or civil partnership) as it is both imagined and experienced, but also the fantasies that this work might ignite within the participant."
"When I studied the photographs of the engagement announcement, it struck me how staged the occasion was, with Prince William standing there almost sculpture-like so that Kate could slide her arm through his to show off the ring.
I think we all have a fascination with the fairy-tale notion of a commoner becoming a princess, and it's intriguing to imagine yourself in that role, which this piece enables anyone to do.
People are trained from birth not to physically interact with art, but this work requires you to interact to complete it."
Interactive art imitating royal life is popular. Last month, 13 students from the Royal College of Art in London put on replicas of Kate's engagement dress and ring and headed to Buckingham Palace, where they posed as Kate and "invited" passersby the April 29 wedding.
| February 7, 2011; 1:00 PM ET
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