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08.18.2014
Ian McMahon Spent Hundreds of Hours Making a Sculpture, Then Destroyed It in Seconds

Ian McMahon Spent Hundreds of Hours Making a Sculpture, Then Destroyed It in Seconds

“During the big moment, I put the phone down. The reason I did it is that I couldn’t imagine how I was going to hold up the camera and be the documentarian while also being fully present to absorb whatever shock happened in my body.

“Another member of the audience, Wyn Bielaska, an architect who had a major hand in designing Tacoma’s Museum of Glass, was standing behind me. He told me afterward that he tried to take video, but he was struck so viscerally at the moment when the bar hit the plaster that he twitched, and his finger pressed the stop button accidentally. The result is poignant: His video ends abruptly, with part of the curtain in a million little pieces that will never fall but never be repaired, either, stuck wounded forever. Watching it triggers the familiar recognition that nothing can be restaged, not really. The big moment is always gone.”—Jen Graves

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