Blueberry Poles

Our curator Juliette Hanson completed her Master’s thesis on Jackson Pollock and the final chapter of her thesis was precisley about Blue Poles.
She has created this beautiful activity, tribute to the artwork, that you can do with your children. 

Monet, The Galette

IMAGE > Jackson Pollock, Blue Poles: Number 11, 1952, 1952, enamel and aluminium paint with glass on canvas, 212.1 x 489cm.

About Blue Poles

Blue Poles is the last great example of Pollock’s drip technique made by the artist. The work was first exhibited in a solo exhibition held at the Sidney Janis Gallery in New York in 1952. The work was purchased by National Gallery of Australia in 1973, for $1.3 million, with support from the Gough Whitlam government. The price was a world record at the time and the purchase was extremely controversial. Blue Poles is now widely accepted as a key work by a modern master and is currently valued somewhere between $100 and $350 million.

Step 1 > Ingredients

  • 2 cups of blueberries
  • 1 carton ready-made custard
  • 1 ½ cups plain yoghurt
  • 2 cups strawberries (pureed)

Monet, The Galette

Monet, The Galette

Step 2 > prepare your background

If you do not want to eat straight off the table, lay down some cling-wrap to the size that you would like to make your edible artwork. (Blue Poles is approximately twice as long as it is high). You can also use a suitably sized platter.
If you want to protect your wall, then pin up some newspaper or board.

Step 3 > the fun part

Once you have blended all the strawberries together, it's time to splash all the colours.

Monet, The Galette

Monet, The Galette

Step 4 > the final touch

Use the blueberries to finalise your edible artwork.

Step 5 > Well done!

You can now enjoy your very own Blueberry Poles!

Monet, The Galette

By Linden New Art curator Juliette Hanson. Photos, video and editing: Daniel Bowden.