Activity Group 2: The Sea: Connection, Communication, Transformation

This series of activities provides an opportunity for us to think about the role of the sea in Weiner's work. We ask you to consider: How do words call attention and transform our relationship to a place? How does a place transform our interaction with words? Activities focus on two Weiner artworks, “PLACED ON THE TIP OF A WAVE” and “AN OBJECT TOSSED FROM ONE COUNTRY TO ANOTHER”.

As a former sailor and someone who lives part-time on a houseboat, Weiner’s work with language often recalls the sea in some fashion. We invite you to think through what this theme puts into question or calls to mind. Is the sea a space of connection, bringing countries and people together? Is the sea a vulnerable or dangerous space, one that puts people in harm’s way? Or is it neither, being a space of transition, flux, and change?

We would also love to hear how you have used Reading Resources. Please share feedback and student work here.

One (Kids)

Illustrate or draw out Weiner’s artwork “AN OBJECT TOSSED FROM ONE COUNTRY TO ANOTHER” on a piece of paper.

When you read this phrase or have someone read it to you, what do you see? Create that picture or image: you are welcome to draw, collage, or use other media.

Two (Kids)

You are “PLACED ON THE TIP OF A WAVE”. Now finish this story.

Where is the wave? Develop the setting (time and place). Where do you go on the wave? What do you see from it? Do you stay on the wave or do you eventually get off of it? If you do get off of it, where do you end up?

Be creative! Be imaginative!


Reading Resources: Lawrence Weiner was produced by Art Resources Transfer (A.R.T.) in collaboration with Wendy Tronrud (A.R.T. Education Consultant) in summer/fall 2017.

A.R.T. acknowledges the invaluable generosity, assistance, and enthusiasm of all who contributed to Reading Resources production:

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

We also thank:
María Sprowls Cervantes and MaryJo Marks at Lawrence Weiner Studio
A.R.T. Board of Directors
National Endowment for the Arts
H.W. Wilson Foundation
and most specially, Lawrence Weiner.

Web programming by Jeff Khonsary.
Copyright © Art Resources Transfer, Inc 2017.

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A.R.T. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

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