Spencer Finch’s 366

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From New York Art Beat:

Spencer Finch continues to explore the nature of color, light, memory and perception in a three part project titled: “The Brain — is wider than the Sky.”

“366 (Emily Dickinson’s Miraculous Year) is based on the year 1862, Emily Dickinson’s annus mirabilis, when she wrote an amazing 366 poems in 365 days. Finch has created a candle sculpture, a real-time memorial to that year, which burns for exactly one year. The sculpture is comprised of 366 individual candles arranged in linear sequence, each of which burns for 24 hours. The color of each candle matches a color mentioned in the corresponding poem; poems in which no color is mentioned are made out of natural paraffin. On each day of the exhibition a new candle will be ignited from the previous candle as it burns out.”

You know by now that I love art inspired by literature, especially that of poetry and to take that appreciation even further when one does so ingeniously. Colors from poems and the idea that we celebrate Emily writing a poem a day. It’s just so magical!

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