Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Hurricane Katrina Lightning Laser Memorial Tower



MIT artist-scientist and Mississippi native Joe Davis is planning to build a tower which, according to this article, "will literally seize a hurricane’s force, bottle it up and hurl it angrily back into the sky" as a memorial for victims of Hurricane Katrina. He's naming it Call Me Ishmael and he's looking for funding.

“Katrina destroyed the legacy of my family, all the photos of my grandmothers and the furniture, and wiped away everything to the foundation," said Davis, who also lost his father and a friend to earlier hurricanes.

In the 1980's in protest of the censorship of female genitalia from previous attempts to contact extraterrestrials, Davis beamed sonic interpretations of the vaginal contractions of ballerinas into space for 20 minutes before the Air Force discovered his broadcast and shut it down. He called that project Poetica Vaginal.

More on Joe Davis (who is now one of my heroes) can be found here, here, and here.

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