Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Niagara Falls Enticing Water?

Well for many people, yes... though it may stretch my definition of "clear."

"On October 24, 1901, Annie Edson Taylor, a teacher of dance and physical culture in Bay City, Michigan, became the first person and the only woman to survive a ride over Canada's Niagara Falls in a barrel. Seeking a new career that would earn her fame and fortune, Taylor plunged over the falls in a specially designed barrel and suffered no injuries. She called herself “the Queen of the Mist” and toured around the nation with a replica of her original barrel."

Daredevil? Niagara Falls is proving to be last year's Roden Crater in terms of wondering whether or not I can pull this off.

Zoe Leonard's You See I am Here After All is one of the best artworks I've ever seen covering Niagara Falls (and one of my favorite in Leonard's oeuvre). Check out this link for full installation photographs (ever since I saw the exhibition in May 2009, I've been watching Amazon for the publication of the catalog. It is continually delayed and to this date I still don't have it to scan more photographs).

And so the drive begins... Bring on the water! Bring on the giraffes!

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