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David Shrigley’s Memorial reminds you that you’re out of milk

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Howard Halle

Ever reached into your pocket while getting your cart at  Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods to find that you’d forgotten your grocery list? Of course you have. However, Brit artist David Shrigley’s public art project for Central Park suggests one—if admittedly extreme—way of keeping track of your list: Carve it into a slab of granite. That's what he’s done anyway, though at 17 feet high, it ain’t going anywhere.

The piece, titled Memorial is located at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza near the southeastern entrance to the park. It looks sort of like the monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey, except for the items on it (stuff like bananas, paper towels, shower gel, Nutella, tampons etc), and the fact that it’s made of stone instead of some alien alloy. The work is a bit of a joke, enshrining a nondescript routine as an imposing monument. But if could use something like to get groceries à la Fred Flintstone, it would be harder to leave at home. Only problem is that you’d need a chisel to add something to it.



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