Floating Lantern Poems on Ice (2013)
As I worked with UPP artists and Providence residents to raise awareness about the ill effects of stormwater run off and the historical legacy of our industrial past, I wanted to create an ephemeral artwork for Mashapaug Pond that would melt, burn and leave no trace. Community residents, under the guidance of poet Laura Brown LaVoie, wrote collective poems for the pond. I used lines from the collective poems to make lanterns attached to boats that I made out of ice. We ceremonially launched them on the pond at nightfall as members of the public read the poems aloud. The event brought residents of all ages, artists and followers of UPP Arts together to view imaginative and documentary films by students and professionals about the pond, and to experience the magical short lives of these messaged, candle-lit, ice boats.