Like most gay couples in America, Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens have fought hard to have their union recognized by the courts. When that didn't happen earlier this decade in California, where the couple live, they decided to lure all of their passions into one creative bed and frolic with a curious enterprise.
What if they partook in a seven-year art project that found them getting married each year? What if each wedding, each year, reflected a certain artistic theme? What if the weddings were performance art?
It didn't take long before all those "what ifs?" became a reality. Their wedding/art project was dubbed Love Art Lab -- and based on artist Linda Montano's work -- and soon, Sprinkle and Stephens, who live in San Francisco, truly began living a life of art and devotion. Most of it, they say, was spawned in a response to the ongoing war in Iraq, the onslaught of fear-based Bush policies and LGBT civil rights causes.
Now in Year Five of their project (learn more here), the couple--and their creative posse--have descended on Venice, Italy. More specifically, at the Biannale, where the duo will partake in an inventive Blue Wedding that has already generated buzz and international visitors.
The wedding takes place around 4pm (Venice time) Friday, Aug. 28. Building upon last year's intention to become more eco-conscious, the ladies vow to get "married to the sea," hoping to raise the level of awareness around the health of the planet's oceans.
Here's a brief stroll down the aisle from weddings past:
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