Since the beginning of the year we have been discussing about Burning Man with Ms. Smith(click the link if you do not know that that is). Although I do not enjoy every element of this event (especially its taking place in a desert), I do find its idea of creating interactive artworks based on the Ten Principles interesting and worth developing(again, click the link if you do not know what I am talking about). Therefore I come up with an idea about creating a sculpture that will be placed right on one of the rocks located on the waterfront.
Since we are at the school by the sea, a statue featuring a mermaid sitting on a rock grasps and represents the uniqueness of our school perfectly. Of course my idea of the artwork is not just the copy of this existing statue. So here comes the amazing part. The completed statue would have a removable hair part. During the Spring Fest, the metal hair part would be taken away and replaced by many pieces of paper folded into the shape of hair. Right after the sunset, the paper hair would be burnt in front of the whole community. People would gather around the statue and together watch the burning hair as if they are enjoying the beautiful sunset here at Tabor Academy.
So what’s the meaning behind all this burning scene? It starts with the paper. During the Spring Fest, students can each write their wishes for the coming year on huge giant pieces of paper. When the paper is burnt, the particles go high up into the sky and blend with the fabulous constellations. This symbolizes the wishes, together with the particles, will be answered by various super natural forces that live upon the sky and will more likely to come true. Also, the imagery of the burning hair of the mermaid facing the sea and sitting on a rock besides the waterfront under the immense dark sky provokes a vision of a beacon standing besides the shore with beams of light that illuminate dark roads lying in front of our fellow seawolves.
Nov. 5th, 2014