January 2012: Extreme Materials Comes Down

January 2012: AMAG staffers taking down Danielle Julian Norton's soap sculpturend the Walls Came Tumblin’ (Gently) Down

What do you do with 12,000+ bars of soap? (And not just soap, but soap that has been glued together to form the “bricks” of a wall?) In the case of Extreme Materials 2, the answer was obvious—repurpose it.

In January 2012, after the show had closed, MAG staffers took down Clear, Danielle Julian Norton’s spectacular room-sized structure built of Neutrogena soap. A pallet-load of soap went to the School of the Arts, where students will melt the bars down for art projects. Another big batch went to Sample Soap, a non-profit organization that will clean off the glue and donate soap to social service agencies for distribution to the neediest.

Clear installation pictures from October 2011

Switch to our mobile site