This is the funniest thing ever. Two years ago, my daughter Claire had an art assignment in one of her BYU classes. She describes it below. She went out to Utah Lake on a very cold day and built this geometric design on the ice with little fist-fulls of baked salt dough. Then she erased all of her footsteps and left it. She went back the next day and the next and found 100s of footprints surrounding the formation on the ice. No one knew what it was. She left no explanation, leaving people to wonder.
This week she discovered several youtube videos about her artwork. People think it’s ALIEN EGGS!! One video had more than 1.7 MILLION views! Holy Cow.
Here are Claire’s words this week:
I found this video of an art project I did 2 years ago on the frozen Utah Lake. This video has over 1.7 views because people think they are ALIEN EGGS! It was an installation piece I did for my BYU New Genre class. The assignment was to use “body residue” and repetition. The shapes are made from the print of the inside of my closed fist if that makes sense. I used a flour+salt+water dough, and then baked the shapes, then Laura Varella and I set it up in this geometric pattern on the lake. I had to have a creative way to record my audience, so we walked out to an area of the frozen surface of the lake where there had been no footprints yet, set it up, then “erased” our footprints with our snow shovel when we left. When we came back the next day (probably the same day this video was taken), we found that the little sculptures had melted themselves into the ice because of the salt!!!
I spent 20 minutes and found over 50 different websites talking about what possible theories there are for this mysterious find…HAHA.
I think this is hilarious. Photographs of her artwork and the process of building it hung in the Harris Fine Arts Center for awhile, then were rotated out and that was the end of that. Looks like it’s been creating quite a stir all around the world. I told Claire this project has had more attention than if it had been hanging in the finest art galleries in the country!
note: my apologies for the bad words in one of these videos