Art Basel
6:45 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Is That Art You're Sitting On?

Chris Reilly and Anne Harmson enjoy their lunch in a tiny artificial park within Art Basel.
Chris Reilly and Anne Harmson enjoy their lunch in a tiny artificial park within Art Basel.
Credit C. DiMattei

While trying to navigate the colorful, crowded labyrinth that is Art Basel Miami, we reached a tiny oasis of calm smack dab in the middle of the "Art Positions" sector (whatever THAT is.)

It was a patch of soft, green artificial turf, about 40 by 60 feet, resembling a tiny putting green.  It had diminutive peaks and valleys and even shade trees.

Aaaahh.

But as we climbed up one of the hillocks, we stopped in abject terror.  Quite a few art patrons WERE sitting on the perimeter of this little haven, but only a few brave souls were seated in the center.  Did we just inadvertently trample on a work of art?

Egad!

"It's not an art piece, I think," says Dimitry Jewrissen of Brussels, Belgium.  "It's clearly a playground."

But this IS Art Basel and you never can tell.

Chris Reilly and Anne Harmson were sitting on the edge of the tiny meadow, just chill-axing and enjoying their lunch.  "It's a beautiful piece of art but there was no place else to sit.  And we decided all art should be functional," says  Reilly with a laugh.

But would they plunk themselves down on any artwork that looked inviting?

"I'd ask first," says Reilly.

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