There's no breasts on display - but there are lots of bras!
Tonight a Boise women's center will auction over 40 "artistic representations" of bras to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. There's flowery bras, feathery bras, wooden bras, and a dazzling, colorful collage-bra called "Cowgirl Up". And there's even one bra that's made entirely out of Lego-like blocks. (To be precise, it's a "fischertechnic" bra, made of blocks from Lego's German competitor.)
"Is there a better medium for a bra?" asks the block-building enthusiast in an official artist's statement accompanying his submission. I contacted Richard Mussler-Wright and asked "What do you think the chances are that any woman will ever wear that?"
"Zero. These are 'art bras' and most are not intended to be worn."
But there was one brave soul in his office willing to model the contraption -- a guy named Joe.
This is the sixth year the Boise Women's Center has held their colorful bra auctioning fund-raiser. (Doors open at 6 p.m., and the auctions begin at 7:00.) There's pizza, a live band, promises of fun, and even a page on Facebook for "The Bra Project 2009".
And of course, if you've donated a bra, you get in free.
But it's tapped into something larger, as the festive artists look for meaning and mirth, and strive to come up with appropriate titles for their fancy artwork bras. The feathery bra is named "Innocence," while this arty bra is titled "American Beauty." There's "Beauty in Beads," and "Angels Close to My Heart", while some of the artists took a more playful tone. A bra with a glove was titled "Save Second Base," while another bra, with two cloth owls, was named "Hooters." And one bra - made entirely of flowers -- was named after a song from a Broadway musical.
It's a good cause that's uncovered a lot of creativity. Mr. Mussler-Wright even says that he used one of his wife's bras as a model for constructing his entry out of fischertechnic blocks - and adds that "I think she was a little jealous."
They're both enthusiasts of creative projects with block toys, and if there'd been more time, "she probably would have made one too!"