Poison apple. Take a bite.
Close your eyes and sleep, Snow White.
Pristine, perfect, well preserved.
Fate that you most ill-deserved.
Dream inside this prison/bed
While ever-afters fill your head.
A prince will spark your happy dawn,
Waking on the grassy lawn.
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Welcome to my second post inspired by artwork at the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA.
This beautiful white bed-in-a-box was easily visible from the roadway as we drove to the parking lot. “What on earth?” I thought, and then got chilly prickles on the back of my neck. I’ve never liked the scene in Snow White when the dwarves stand glumly around her glass coffin in grief and despair. The sleeping princess reminds me of a stick of butter in a covered butter dish.
The Museum information explains that Landauer’s work is intended to break down boundaries between the public and private, alluding to the blurring of personal and communal lines in the modern era of social networking. They’ve included a video clip on King’s installation if you’re curious how they built it.
Have you ever ironed your bed linens? Maybe if I slept on Pratesi, I would.