performance kiln/furnace, 15
ft. (4.6 m) high, steel, refractory cement, high temperature
Arcata, CA, 1989.
pre-firing construction, steel armature for insulating ceramic
fiber blanket shown.
Center: fire state - 12 hr firing
cooled, altered state, ceramic fiber blanket removed.
work is part of a series of environmental kiln/furnace works
from 1980 to 1992. The third of three site/performance works
with the name 51 Million BTU’s. The "sinking ship" image
represents the settling and deposition of botanic materials
in the geologic transformation into fossil fuels, the
internal "flue" are mold forms taken from trees
altered to resemble Mesozoic cycads. The other projects in 51
Million BTU's are Untitled
(Earth Orchid), 1988 and Oculus:
Dead Sea/Oil Field, 1989. |
Projects: Material and Process Experiments in/of the Landscape, John