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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