sad penguins – giant wheat paste graffiti

i just feel sorry for the people
i just feel sorry for the people

Location: Portland, Oregon and Hawai’i
Date: 2011
Description: latex paint on painters paper, wheat paste, 6′ tall

I painted two 6′ tall sad penguins cutouts to wheat paste while living in Portland, Oregon. Honestly, I was a bit chicken to go out and paste them up. I finally pasted one up in a bus shelter on Hawai’i.

To paint the penguins, I taped 8′ lengths of 36″ brown painter’s paper to the wall of the studio. I sketched the penguins and word bubbles in pencil and then painted with old latex house paint. After the paintings dried, I cut out the penguins and their word bubbles.

giant penguins in process
giant penguins in process

cutting out giant penguins
cutting out giant penguins

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While sailing around Hawai’i, I pasted up one of the penguins on the underside of a public bus shelter roof. I used paste made from corn starch.

bus shelter hawai'i
bus shelter hawai’i

pasted penguin at bus shelter
pasted penguin at bus shelter