Tea Chests

Smaller art galleries don’t tend to have many, or indeed any, plinths for displaying 3D work. This is understandable because most artwork is 2D and hangs on the wall and a large collection of plinths would be expensive and present storage issues when not in use. So I was trying to think of an alternative to purpose-made plinths and I came up with the idea of tea chests, remember those? Back in the day wooden tea chests were commonly used for moving house or for a homemade double bass in a skiffle band, but these days you don’t see them so much. Maybe tea isn’t shipped in single-use plywood boxes anymore. Not to be discouraged I posted a wanted request for old tea chests in the local Facebook marketplace and got quite a good response – mostly from people who had used them to move house thirty or more years ago and still had them cluttering up their attics and garages. I wasn’t sure how they’d look with my robots but it turned out that the contrasting colour and texture, and maybe the fact that they are also recycled, compliments them quite well.

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