Design: Participatory Art

Neiman-Marcus is already touting it as the "chic Christmas gift of 1969." The day it went on sale at Bloomingdale's in Manhattan last week, lines formed as if something were being given away. Not quite. The bulky box labeled Vasarely Planetary Folklore Participation No. 1 costs $500. For that, the customer receives 390 colored, magnetized plastic pieces to be arranged at will within a 20-in. by 20-in. frame —plus the added attraction of hanging a work of art he can claim, truthfully enough, to have put together himself.

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