Artfeel Blog

A contemporary interactive arts experience based on public art in The Woodlands

Stardust

Posted April 12, 2018

Artist: Elizabeth Akamatsu
Underwriters: Dr. David and Brenda Gottlieb

​ Elizabeth Akamatsu’s bold Stardust art bench on The Woodlands Waterway makes me think of what a cancerous blood droplet might look like. I had recently watched a video called “Quand C’est?” by Stromae after another friend was diagnosed with cancer. Stromae is a Belgian musician, rapper, singer, and songwriter. Here is the link to the video and the lyrics translated to English. It really conjurs up my mood about cancer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aJw4chksqM

When? by Stromae

​ Well, yes, we know each other well.
You even tried to get my mother, huh?
You started with her breasts,
and then with my father's lung. Do you remember?

[Chorus]
Cancer, cancer,
tell me when.
Cancer, cancer,
who's next?
Cancer, cancer,
tell me when.
Cancer, cancer,
who's next?

And you love little children;
practically nothing stops you.
But stop playing innocent
on cigarette packs.
"Smoking kills" - you shock me,
but you help me.

[Chorus]
Cancer, cancer,
tell me when.
Cancer, cancer,
who's next?
Cancer, cancer,
tell me when.
Cancer, cancer,
Oh, cancer.

When? When?
(When) will you stop your advances?
When? When?
(When) will you go on vacation? When?
When? When?
When do you think?
When? When?
It'll be like a vacation to us. It would do us some good.

[Chorus]
Cancer, cancer,
tell me when.
Cancer, cancer,
who's next?
Cancer, cancer,
tell me when.
Cancer, cancer,
Who's next?

Have you ever visited the “Stardust” art bench? If so, how did it make you feel? What did you do when you were there? Did seeing this art bring up any memories or thoughts or ideas for you? Does it remind you of something? Someone? Does it make you think about something or someone in a new way? Did you experience a sudden rush of thoughts that were connected to other thoughts or experience disparate thoughts and emotions?

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