.MAH Collects Spoons for Sculpture

When we heard the museum was asking for cutlery, the mysteriously spooky Tom Waits spoken-word piece “What’s He Building in There?” came to mind.

The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) staff announced on Friday, Jan. 13, that they are looking for … spoons. Not just any spoons—nay, that would hardly be artistic enough—but used spoons. Turns out it’s for a sculpture in the secret garden in the newly improved Abbott Square, which is scheduled to be unveiled this spring. Apparently, the art piece is inspired by Scotts Valley’s zany former Tree Circus, which once caught the attention of Ripley’s Believe it or Not, before many of the trees were sold, due to financial hardship, to a garden and amusement park in Gilroy, where some of them remain today. (Apparently, money does not grow on strangely shaped trees.)

The spoons will be strung together, as if to make long vines hanging from a canopy.

The museum is also still taking suggestions on what to do with the nearby and recently vacated Octagon. Applications for residency in the historic eight-sided building are due Sunday, Jan. 22.

Visit santacruzmah.org for more information.

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The J20 General Strike protesting the inauguration has finalized its schedule for Friday, Jan. 20, complete with teach-ins and workshops. “I’m really excited about the range,” says Andrew Smith, who’s been attending strike committee meetings. “We have UCSC grad students talking about securing and encrypting your phone, and we have people focusing on the mental health aspect.”

After an 11 a.m. march leaving from UCSC, workshops will go from 1:30 to 5 p.m. with venues like Sub Rosa, Santa Cruz Public Library and the Galleria. At 4 p.m. protestors at the clock tower will knock down a symbolic fake brick wall. 


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