Liza Lou update
August 12, 2009

Liza Lou, Continuous Mile

Liza Lou, "Continuous Mile"

This is an update to my April post about Liza Lou’s fascinating beadwork.

Congratulations to Liza Lou. Her recent (2007-2008) beaded sculpture, Continuous Mile (seen above), is on a two-year loan from the artist to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

When I saw this impressive piece at the L&M Arts Gallery in December,  I didn’t think that it could possibly have been beaded until I got close enough to see the sparkle. It is a mile-long length of cotton rope that has been twisted with white glass beads and coiled into a big sculpture approximately 77 inches in diameter by 32 inches in height.

As I mentioned in my previous article, Liza Lou now does her labor-intensive artwork in South Africa with highly skilled Zulu bead workers, and the names of the 44 artisans who were her collaborators on Continuous Mile are listed on the gallery wall.

Continuous Mile can be seen on the second floor of the Met’s Lila Acheson Wallace wing until January 2011.