If you visit the Detroit Institute of Arts anytime soon, you’re sure to notice the 20-foot tall, 400 pound installation in the Woodward entrance.
Her name is Thalassa and she was created by New York street artist Caledonia "Callie" Curry, who goes by Swoon. The installation occurred over the course of a couple weeks in September. Thalassa was inspired by a mythological sea goddess and originally was installed in New Orleans in 2011.
The installation coincides with a mural being created in Jefferson-Chalmers. From the DIA’s site,
"Thalassa's face looks upward and her bodice is adorned with imagery of sea creatures, as well as colorful swatches of fabric. The sculpture is made from large linocut prints, hand-colored and mounted on thin plywood for structural support. The underside of the figure is embellished with numerous paper and Mylar hand and laser-cut decorations, and the tentacles are made from rope hung with a variety of paper, cloth and plastic materials."
Here is a look at some of the installation process captured by the DIA and Swoon.
The DIA hosts famed New York street artist Caledonia "Callie" Curry, known as Swoon, for a talk on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. in the Detroit Film Theatre auditorium. Curry’s massive, intricate paper sculpture "Thalassa" is being installed in the DIA’s Woodward Ave. Lobby and will be on view through March 19, 2017. The talk is free with museum admission, which is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents. Learn more at dia.org. Photo: Sal Rodriguez (@eljefe313) @swoonhq #swoonDET
"Thalassa" lives! After 10 days of installation, Swoon's completed work proudly greets visitors in the Woodward lobby through March 19, 2017. The main body of the sculpture weighs just over 400 pounds and is composed of giant linocut prints, hand-colored and mounted to thin plywood for structural support. Join us tomorrow for an artist talk with Swoon at 1 p.m. in the Detroit Film Theatre. The talk is free with museum admission, which is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents. #swoonDET
Check out this time-lapse video documenting the installation of "Thalassa." The demanding 10-day installation process gave way to a breathtaking result! Thank you to Swoon (@swoonhq), Library Street Collective (@librarystreetcollective) and DIA staff for their hard work. "Thalassa" is on view in the Woodward Lobby through March 19, 2017. #swoonDET
She's done! View from the underside of Thalassa at the DIA, looking into the cavern of the Great Hall just beyond it. We've been pulling 15 and 16 hours days for over a week to get her together, and it feels so great to be finished, and also reminds me of all of the brilliant minds and skilled hands that it takes to make a massive work like this possible, from Christian Repaal and @taylor.lee.taylor who engineered and built her and her hanging structures, to the thousands of hours of cutting and painting and printing that went into the piece, and not to mention the badass team of museum installers, curators and gallerists and museum directors who played a huge part in it. Thank you to everyone who came together around this piece! Thalassa is now finished and on view at the @diadetroit. @librarystreetcollective @kristinevirsis @kmimad @ @kristen_leonard @elainesuhui @lyssden @brooklyntintype @thecopaesthetic and not to mention my forever inspiration and muse, @naimainfinity
Swoon also has an installation at the Library Street Collective starting October 8 and running through November 26.