Freedom Of Creation and Ted Noten come together again when Ted designs Eleven Women and 400 Daisies for the Mint Museum in Charlotte, USA.
Ted comments: “The ideas behind this piece came about during the meetings I had with the Auxiliary women in Charlotte during my stay there in the early spring 2010. I was very impressed with the professionalism, the seriousness and passion with which the Auxiliary and their board members concern themselves regarding / facing the world. Strong women who take their responsibility, very self-aware and intelligent but at the same time sensitive and a little teasing! Together with written above, it stroke me the way they invest and passionately put their efforts in improving the status and financial position of the Mint Museum in Charlotte. So to say, the Auxillery women inspired me to design this object.”
The buste is designed on a 3D software and created by 3D printing. In order to gain the smooth surface the art piece is heavily polished and gold plated afterwards. The basis of the head comes from Grace Kelly and the other parts were “stolen” from 10 powerful American women through history whom Ted chose out of respect for their efforts and authenticity. The final piece looks like a sketch made with scissors and glue and when you look the piece from close proximity, you will recognize the different features of all these chosen 10 women. This work was custom designed for the opening of the new Mint Museum, since being also interactive it also becomes a conversation piece. During the opening the Auxillery-board members wore daisy broches and it is clear that they come from the art created by Ted Noten!
It will take approximately 18 years before the buste is completely unveiled. This explains the title : SLOW. Within the years the new American woman will be revealed every year piece by piece when approximately 22 numbered flowers will be taken away to the new board members. They all keep their daisies as memories of being part of the board.