wind blown canvas thread flown with a kite

In 2010 I began making canvas thread works outdoors in the parks of New York City’s five boroughs. Many parks have wide-open spaces. I flew a kite with different weights of canvas thread, which depended on the wind speed on that day. While pulling the kite and canvas thread down, the engineering term ‘partial differential equations’ describes the threads’ falling action to the ground and the form it would take. The equations take into account the wind speed, the weight of canvas thread, the gravity, the friction, the grass, and much more. None of it is chance or random.

I make a photo document of the form.

The work no longer exists after that photo.