Under the Table
© Robert Therrien/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
[NARRATOR: whispering] Quickly! Quickly!
Get under the table or behind a chair! I think we’ve been - somehow - transported to the
[SOUNDFX: echo] LAND OF THE GIANTS!
[SOUNDFX: Rumbling footsteps]
But don’t let them see you. I’ll keep watch on the left; you take your eyes to the right.
That was close! I think we’re safe now. Phew, I thought we might have made like Jack and climbed a beanstalk. Or had fallen down the rabbit hole to Wonderland with Alice!
Look around - everyone looks normal - kind of – and I see we’re still at The Broad! Good job!
In fact, I know exactly where we are.
I know it feels like we’re in a fairytale, but we’re actually underneath a [SOUNDFX: ECHO] MASSIVE sculpture called Under the Table by the artist called Robert Therrien.
Robert’s work makes us look at normal, everyday objects in exciting ways.
The familiar is now the [SOUNDFX] fantastic.
And this helps us to see and think about things in new and different light.
Doesn’t being here make you feel [SOUNDFX: getting squeaky] small, tiny, miniscule, totally microscopic?
We sit at tables to eat our breakfast or do our homework, but here we are, underneath one, hiding from giants in a gallery. That’s kind of what inspired Robert to create this work. One day, with a camera in his hand, he crawled underneath his dining table to have a close look at what was there.
And, at once, everything felt different.