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Our Shared Exhalation

2014

Blown glass, plate glass, latex balloon, rocks twine, rubber


51"H x 8"W x 14"D

At the last moment of one day (11:59 pm) my wife and I each exhaled our last breaths of that day into a single balloon. The next day in the hot-shop the breath was transferred from the balloon through a blowpipe directly into molten glass to produce the bubble, or vitrified breath. The bubble is attached to a custom stem with a shut-off valve and the balloon. Two rocks dangle from the piece as physical proxies for the metaphorical weight of the breaths expelled, and balance the piece delicately; without them the sculpture would tip over.

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