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Each afternoon, hundreds of bunches of nylon bustles are illuminated by the yellow glow of the setting sun across the river.

Occurs Each Afternoon

Wave Hill Bronx, New York, 2007

For Emily Dickinson, Rendered, curated by Jennifer McGregor 


Nylon bristles, vinyl tubing, silicone adhesive, sandblasted glass


6' high x 4' wide x 6" deep

A visual response to Emily Dickinson’s “The largest Fire ever known / occurs each Afternoon—,” hundreds of nylon bristles attached to the interior and exterior of the gallery’s west-facing window capture the colors of setting sun. Calling to mind Dickinson’s juxtapositions of domesticity with nature, the stillness of the indoor threads contrasts with the windblown outdoor filaments. 

The largest fire ever known

Occurs each afternoon,

Discovered without surprise,

Proceeds without concern:

Consumes, and no report to men,

An Occidental town,

Rebuilt another morning

To be again burned down.

- Emily Dickinson (1830 -1886)

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