benedetto bufalino installs a walled football field on a beach in anglet, france
 

benedetto bufalino installs a walled football field on a beach in anglet, france

 

benedetto bufalino uses public space to create comic installations that invite visitors to look differently at the world around them. after changing a car into a ping pong table; an apartment into a tennis court, and a phone booth into a fish tank, bufalino returns with an interactive artwork that a turns a familiar sports symbol on its head.

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as part of the biennale internationale d’art contemporain curated by paul ardenne, bufalino has installed ‘terrain de sport’ on a beach in anglet, france — a 20 by 30 meter ‘sports field’. rather than the playing field being chalked in its usual white paint, the boundaries of this pitch are demarcated by large tiles of concrete. seen from a distance, the outline of this low, walled enclosure conjures the image of a life-size lego construction, in which participants and players must compete. those who want to join the game must physically climb into the field, reaching over the walls that enclose it like a compound. this difficult access alludes to the effort required to play in a field and, furthermore, hints at the rules, order and discipline required to take part in the game.

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