Mark Cooper and Joe Zane

By GREG COOK  |  December 6, 2011

Consider: Wishing Well looks like a clear, plastic bucket with a penny magically floating in water above change on the bottom. The pail is actually hand-blown glass. The coins are painted plastic and the water is silicone. The trick of the floating penny diverts your attention from the real magic: that the whole thing is exquisitely crafted to look like a mop bucket. 

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Zane's satires are often limited to art about art, but as our country suffers through loser wars and an economic bust, his funny/sad study of failure could fry bigger fish. The jokes cut more deeply when he seems to do just that in his dream of magic money in the bottom of a mop bucket.

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