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After two years of work on Sports Car on Earth... the front half was destroyed and so the piece has met an end. I'm sad but relieved no one was hurt. Getting the phone calls about the accident was like hearing about someone in an actual car crash and I instantly worried for the safety of others. In the aftermath as I was talking over the phone I said, "I can't just let it die without saying something." In that moment I realized that sentence was about something completely different than an installation at an art fair. Even though my father died over twenty years ago, I have never brought flowers to his grave site. In that moment I knew that the only fitting act was to buy flowers for this piece. I never got to say much all those years ago, but I could say something now, with a minimal gesture. What is important to me is the work; to honor it and what it meant to me.

Immediately after this realization I saw in my head the image of Aryton Senna sitting worriedly in his race car in 1994. There was a knowledge in him, that things were going to end. Yet, that day he decided to drive anyway. Sadly, he died on the race track to an accident so peculiar even insurance assessors called it "an act of god". He left this earth in the way he always wanted to go--quickly.

Skip to 1:27:25 to see Senna's last race

Although the destruction of my artwork is not at all tragic, it is a version of death--of losing and acceptance. Honoring Senna I chose two simple begonias that matched the yellow of his racing helmet.

Everything goes away all the time, but right now, we are right here.

Read the Glasstire post Paula Newton wonderfully wrote here.
See the original work Sports Car on Earth, In Space here.

The new piece will be on view at the TX Contemporary Art Fair and in future exhibitions.