The two smaller elevated black boxes, each topped with a simple paper plane, covered with a plexi cover. The three taller
boxes sit on top of air ducts, each with a mirror at the bottom at a 45% angle, giving the viewer a look at the inside of the
ductwork where I had placed scenes of miniature paper planes lit by low wattage coloured bulbs---periscopes giving a view
of a scene under your feet.
In another corner of the gallery, I displayed a 12ft. paper plane, as well as variations on paper planes, such as a
partially burned paper plane. On the last night of the show, I took the 12ft. paper plane out on the sidewalk and burned it to cinders, in a big woosh. Lucky for me no police were around. Many kids showed up, to stare and to build their own planes from paper plane design books.
PARACHUTE CEILING, OLD CITY HALL,. LATE 70'S
Went to an Air Force Supply Depot, and asked if I could borrow a supply
parachute. Lucky for me that the armed Forces person in charge had seen
and liked a few of my art pieces. "Sure" he said. I got a large practice chute,
signed a form, and promised to bring it back. Simple and unbelievable, but
With a friend I hooked it up to the ceiling of the main foyer of old
City Hall, with four pull ropes on pulleys at the four corners---pull on a rope and the whole ceiling/chute undulates, a wave of white fabric.
The ceiling/chute undulated for two weeks, with the guards almost seasick
And as the pulleys, rope and anchoring devices were stolen from Ottawa
University, and the power to make the ceiling move came from peoples
muscles, the show was almost free.