Jun 16, 2023 - Things to Do

Philly artist tells story behind her "Boobmuda Triangle" installation

Philly artist Rose Luardo lounges at her "Boob Garden" art popup in Philly.

Philly artist Rose Luardo lets it all hang out. Photo: courtesy of Thom Lessner

Philly artist Rose Luardo had an idea — a wonderful, squishy idea.

The intrigue: She took a bunch of breast plushies left over from another art show, packed them into her Honda Fit and drove to an empty lot on Washington Avenue.

  • There, she assembled them onto old busted-up chairs and a table from her late father's home. The breast is history!

What's happening: Philly responded perkily to Luardo's latest guerilla art installation. It's gone viral, inspiring puns, memes and philosophical debate about the meaning behind the mammary glands at the triangular lot once home to Capt. Jesse G's Crab Shack.

  • People are calling the popup "Boob Garden." Luardo does one better – "The Boobmuda Triangle."

Axios caught up with Luardo to talk about the sensual and slapstick centerpiece. The interview was condensed for clarity:

On her titillating idea: "There's something to making art work and making sure everything is precise and everything is great and everything is precious and everything is perfect. But not everything is like that.

  • "I think I like to play in those spaces where things can be messy and things can be freaky."

Philadelphians were udderly amazed. They snapped photos, used them for online dating profiles and debated whether this was some sort of "feminist display," Luardo tells us.

  • "It looked so armageddon weirdness. A daytime LSD trip."

On the deeper meaning: "Whatever you intended is secondary to what everyone is feeling about that piece. Like choose your own adventure with art work."

Why guerilla art: "It feels kinda lawless. I like it a little skanky and lawless. I like a little trouble. I like uh-oh energy."

Her favorite word for breasts: "A seal snout … I made that one up. Gravity has taken her down a little bit. The areola is pointed down."

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