The Blue Wazoo

Blue Wazoo

The bead of consciousness suspends 
continuity marking. 
spaced stimuli. 
Buddha nature wavers twitch. 
The dream bag fills. 
Possibility tendrils 
and necessity rings 
pop up. 

Bead descends.

The Blue Wazoo senses light and sound and responds with a behavioral repetoire of various LED patterns, movements, inflations, deflations, whirs, clicks and jiggles. It is six feet high and weighs about twentyfive pounds. It was made in 1975-76 and uses TTL logic circuits. It was featured on the cover of Creative Computing in February 1978.  It is currently owned by the Allan Stone Gallery in Manhattan.

A similar sculpture, the Black Wazoo, is in a major private collection on the west coast.

  A couple in a penthouse on Fifth Avenue had bought the "Blue Wazoo"  in the late 1970s.  In 1991, the woman's private secretary called me and said the "blue thing is broken".   I could buy it back for $1000 or it would be set out on the curb Thursday to be picked up with the trash.  I was not surprised.  I knew the situation.  The gallery had sent me to their apartment years earlier in to repair the piece.  I arrived to find the sculpture badly bent and broken.  The housekeeper said that two young boys in the family were out of control and  permitted to climb on the Blue Wazoo.  I repaired it on site and left it to its fate.  As I left, I noticed pencils scrawls on a Gorky painting and something spilled on the de Koenig.

I told the woman on the phone, I don't have the cash, but, yes, I will pay $750 now and $250 when I get it. and I'll have someone pick it up as soon as I can.  Living in Detroit meant finding someone in New York to recover it for me.  She said that I better find someone before Thursday.  I did recover it.  It had been seriously trashed.  I totally disassembled it, welded the broken parts, repainted it and put it back together.   When  the dealer/collector Allan Stone saw it he bought it and said he would not sell it.  It was in his private collection when he died in 2006. 
I don't enjoy restoring abused artworks, but I don't mind selling the same piece twice.


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