Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Artist, Kyle McDonald
Kyle McDonald started a project, the goal of which was to trade a red paperclip for a house. It took him one year and fourteen trades to achieve his aim. His first trade was for a wooden fish pen belonging to two vegan women who (being vegan) didn't really want a fish pen.
He traded the pen to a Seattle sculptor for a handmade clay doorknob.
From there, he traded for a Coleman stove which he exchanged for a generator, followed by a keg of beer with a neon Budweiser sign, next for a snowmobile, and on it went until he actually had a house. A nice house.
He tells the tale in a book called One Red Paperclip but you can read about the series of exchanges and adventures on his blog. It is a very entertaining story, and he tells it well.
I think of projects like this as a form of performance art (art in daily life!).