Video, 6'06" Concrete, Metal, Wood, Levers, Chairs, 2017
My hope was to raise this 4 ft by 4 ft hunk of concrete 5 ft in the air to be bolted to the wall. I was met with my limited lifting ability and completely unrealistically with the resources I had at hand in the moment as well as my lack of predictable planning for structural supporting in order for this to be safely bolted up. Going forward with the idea, I found to lifting forks, some chairs, 2x4 and some kiln bricks to help me temporary support this piece. Little by little, I raised one side, then the other side and the piece went higher adding material to support it. It was unstable and the only things hold it up were the 2 x 4 's, chairs and pieces of wood, all held together by compression. It was nerve racking, unpredictable, and dangerous. I felt free, yet juggling the risks as this things got closer to 5 ft. The crack in the middle of the concrete rubbed up and down against each, alternating between each other and meeting the middle. Eventually, I reached a point where I could no longer sustain the growing heigh with the materials I found, and supporting wall fell leaving the piece with only two connection points before falling and crashing to the ground.