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at carl solway gallery, ryoan-ji 2011, metagon, and drawings (2013)
digital image, installation documentation

sand apparatus history

i created this work in 1998. I first had the idea of drawing digitally in sand inspired by the japanese temple gardens (a welcome opening after many years of drawing on paper with plotters).

to elegantly remove any non-zen, obtrusive distraction, i thought to do it magically, invisibly, from under the sand, with a ball directed by magnetic force. full story here

sadly the fabricator of the first prototype has since repeatedly and willfully plagiarized my ideas and my creation.


verb [ trans. ]

take (the work or an idea of someone else) and pass it off as one's own - copy from (someone) in such a way.

i built and evolved my following pieces alone at first, then with a stable team of collaborators (david bothman, victor dinovi, iannis zannos). as of 2013, we have three different new designs pending.

i thought that were a musician to give the example in public of doing the impossible that it would inspire someone who was struck by that performance to change the world, to improve it.
(john cage)

creative commons license jean-pierre hébert contact. (09 Feb 2013)