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pair of child's sandals made from worn out tires
  • Peru
  • pair of child's sandals made from worn out tires, 2009?
  • Where object was made: Cuzco region, Peru
  • rubber, vinyl, metal
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 4.5 x 6 x 13 cm each
    Object Height/Width/Length: 1 3/4 x 2 3/8 x 5 1/8 in each
  • Museum purchase: Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2009.0160.a,b

Pair of child's sandals made from parts of used tires. They are black in color. There is a thick sole, with the tire treads visible on the bottom of the sole. The inside of the sole is lined with a thinner layer of rubber. There are four straps across the toes which are woven together to create two interlocking "x" shapes. In the center of the woven straps, there are two small flowers which are made from vinyl and cut to have 6 rounded petals. Each flower is composed of two different sized flower shapes held together with a silver colored metal disc at the center. The flower closer to the back of the shoe is pink and green, and the flower closer to the front of the shoe is yellow and pink. At the back of the shoe, there is a thinner strip of rubber, which would likely be worn so that it wrapped across the back of the wearer's heel. The straps are attached to the sole with small metal nails.