Normally, the first rule in an art museum is “Don’t touch.”
The second rule, if there is one, might go something like, “Don’t demolish the artwork.”
Artist Jonathan Brilliant let the public break both those rules Saturday, as they joined him to “Destroy the Universe.”
Brilliant’s installation artwork made of 50,000 coffee stirrers – held together by tension alone – and 3,900 coffee sleeves had been a focal point of the State Museum’s “Building a Universe” exhibit, which opened in August when the museum debuted its planetarium, 4D theater and observatory.
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The piece tore apart rather gently in an event that was part of the museum’s Art Day festivities. And kids and families who helped deconstruct Brilliant's “universe” got to take home a part of it.