Hippathy Valentine wants to burn $60,000 of other people’s money. Literally

Here’s an idea. Can someone please give me $60,000 so I can create a bonfire. Before I light the fire, you can throw on all your unwanted photographs and other mementos you no longer need on it.  It will be a virtual “Temple” where I will burn your negative emotions away.  I will call this a powerful piece of performance art.

Sounds ludicrous? Then check this out

via thebigidea.co.nz

Hippathy Valentine via thebigidea.co.nz

A Christchurch artist is appealing to the international community to help fund a $60,000 sculpture, which will be burnt just two weeks after completion.

Construction on the wooden sculpture started on Friday, on the site of the former Convention Centre on Kilmore Street.

Artist Hippathy Valentine says in a video posted to Youtube [below], that once the sculpture is finished people will be invited to pin photographs and write messages about their earthquake memories

“There’s plans to be in a Christchurch park from June 2 until June 16 to coincide with the one year anniversary of the June 13 quake and it will burn on the night of the 16th of June, accompanied by a sombre and beautiful fire performance.”

Hippathy Valentine says the sculpture is inspired by Nevada’s Burning Man festival.

Listen to Hippathy in his video.  Be warned, he wants to “re-imagine” $60,000 of other people’s money into a big fire.

If you have the stomach for it, you can visit his web site.


Source:  Newstalk ZB


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  • BJ

    Nice idea, but – It doesn’t take an artist to create what he is proposing (using ex Christchurch building materials), just a few people good with a chainsaw. And it won’t be $60,000 going up in smoke – he’ll be smiling all the way to the bank.

  • Doesn’t the hippy know there is a country wide fire ban?

  • Gazzaw

    So he wants the people to write down their memories of the earthquake. Well, mine are about continually digging into my pockets and forking out dosh via donations, taxes and increased insurance premiums. That money was to aid the people of Ch’ch and not to be redirected via any council funded arts body to this bludger. I wonder how much Hippathy (what a fucken stupid name) is trousering.

  • Burning Man

    I suspect the money would be forthcoming if he volunteered to be on it at the time of ignition.

  • JeffDaRef

    Cant wait for the Brian Rudman column demanding the Govt fund it…

  • tarkwin

    This just confirms my theory that all rope head hippies should be burned at the stake. I wonder what kind of benefit he’s on?

  • Tom

    What a waste of time and money. Hippathy needs to go jump off a cliffathy

    • tarkwin


  • PlanetOrphan

    Why not just nail his cell phone to it, and broadcast his number ….

  • cows4me

    He’s left his run a little late, the previous socialist administration would have happily funded this struggling artist and he probably would have got $100.000 for his sterling effort, such was their love for this sort of …………….insert what you like.

    • Hazards001

      Remind me…what exactly did that portaloo do that Helen paid for to go to…. Sweden wasn’t it? Did it moo? It did some bloody thing!

  • weak cameron, your articlesare sad

    • Gazzaw

      Try the Standard.

    • You can’t stay away though can you…a bit like your fascination with the lady boys

  • In Vino Veritas

    Lad should have a tattoo across his forehead “hello, I’m really stupid”. And a neon sign outside his house that says “Stupid person lives here”.

  • Mr_Blobby

    One hand on his dick and the other held out begging for money. Not a local native boy is he.

  • niggly

    Good thing it was an “artist” suggesting this. Otherwise if someone right-wing did, the media storm would last for days & weeks …

  • niggly

    Hang on a moment,$60K is a lot of money for a sculpture. Is it going to be made out of bronze or other precious metals or something? What gives?

    He could probably knock up a sculpture for zero cost if he bummed some surplus materials from the tip. No doubt there’s shit loads around due to the quake.

  • Mediaan


  • Zak Johnston

    Worst idea I have ever heard of, if this go through i will certainly counter this idea and hope that people will be with me to protest against this PATHETIC idea. If you want a “stronger more positive community” then raise $60,000 to HELP THE PEOPLE WHO STILL DONT HAVE HOUSING