Nick Cave. No, not that one.

I was familiar with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds band because many people in my college were visual arts students and had the posters on their walls. I didn’t listen to NC and the BS because they sounded slow and gloomypants and I was not down with that. I was obsessively listening to this and this and hoo boy, lots of this (NSFW). That was the only Nick Cave I knew. Recently I was made aware of another Nick Cave who makes something called Sound Suits. I think they’re great. They are big body-covering art pieces that drastically alter the outline of one’s body. And often they make a noise when one moves, hence the name. Here are some samples.

How awesome are those? (Correct answer: super-awesome.) Then I found out he was bringing some of his pieces to Grand Central and I was like, “Oh goody, I go through there every day! How convenient!” He brought a troupe of horses covered in fake straw that sat on wooden stands for most of the day and looked like this:

And twice a day, dancers from the Alvin Ailey school came, put the horse-suits on and danced around the hall. I had to work every time they came ’round, but lots of people took video, so I got the basic idea.

You can see that for part of the dancing, the back end and the front end of the horse come apart and dance separately. I hope a museum in New York does an exhibition of a lot of Nick Cave’s work so I can see all his major pieces at once. That would be something I would love to go to.

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