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May 2009, New Paltz, NY

This piece took place partially in the museum and partially on the pond.

Everyone who wished to participate received an invitation card in the museum and was supposed to gather in the gallery of museum at the appointed time. The intended participants and the visitors of the museum could see the place of performance on the screen of the computer monitor as a live video transmitted through the Internet.

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I brought the group of fourteen people to the performance site and everyone was invited to pick one boat and ignite the candle inside it.

Each of the boats was anchored to the bank. The participants cast off the boats from the bank to direct their movement.

There was a central metal rod inside each boat which served as a support for a waxed cotton rope. One end of the cotton rope was in the can holding the candle at the base of the boat; another end held a balloon floating in the air. The burning candle ignited the rope and a flame followed up the rod. At last, the flame came to the point where the rope was not attached to the metal rod. It caused the rope to snap and the balloon to fly away.

The boats remained on the water for a while if they still had flames on the bottom.

 

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