People walked on water as we broke down barriers. Really.
With this installation, Ledia Carroll and I wanted to challenge boundaries – both social (“Don’t walk through a public fountain”) and physical (“Being able to walk on water”). So we created a walkway through a fountain on The University of Texas campus.
We pulled off this minor miracle through a series of grants, under the auspices of the Cohen New Works Festival. In the process, we also learned the finer points of permitting and the concept of “attractive nuisance” as the school wasn’t used to hosting interactive art projects. After a bit of pyrotechnics courtesy of thunder and lighting, installation began at 5am as a crane swung into action and the university’s facilities manager raced out to us, offering to drain the fountain.
It was a thrill to see students taking graduation photos in front of our installation. It was also cool to see some couples climbing on the structure to make out.
Going into the project, if I’d known of all the hassles, I wouldn’t have done it. But I’m glad I did.