it felt like i knew you…, 2012 - ongoingI ride the NYC subway trains, usually in the evening when the seats are full. I focus on the shape of the space between the person sitting next to me and myself. I attempt to mentally and emotionally re-sculpt that space. In my mind, I reshape it- from the stiff and guarded space between strangers to the soft and yielding space between friends. I direct all my energy to this space between us. When the space palpably changes, and I completely feel like the stranger sitting next to me is my friend, I rest my head on that person’s shoulder…
Here’s a spectacular sight for those of you wondering what might happen if you left your faucet running all winter long: a giant frozen waterfall. This is an apartment building in Jilin City, Eastern China. When 58-year-old resident Wen Hsu learned that this building, his home of 35 years, was slated for demolition, instead of accepting what he felt was an inadequate sum of relocation money from the developers, he decided to stay put and came up with a plan to keep his uninsulated pipes from freezing and draw attention to his plight.
Because the water comes from underground, where temperatures are above freezing level, Wen figured leaving the tap on all the time would prevent the pipes from freezing. So he simply diverted the water to flow outside of his window on the seventh floor down the side of the building and left the hot water on the whole winter, which created the marvel you can see in these photos.
Wen, the only remaining resident in the building, was able to keep his water flowing and gain the attention of China’s national media and government officials, who’ve urged the property developers to settle the matter.
‘The weather is warmer now but I think it might take a while for the waterfall to melt.’ says Wen. ‘In any case, I understand the developers may be prepared to make me a better offer now, I hope so. It is very lonely here with nobody else around.’