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INSTALLATIONS > The Making of 100% Contained

The Making of 100% Contained, 2015

100% Contained is a poetic gesture using black yarn the length of the perimeter of the 2012 Gladiator Fire when fully contained: 200,059 feet (37.89 miles). Over the course of 9 months, a community of over 50 participants from all over the country contributed to the project, crocheting and knitting skeins of black yarn into an organic line to reach the 37.89 miles goal.

I collected and connected all the pieces and gathered into the final length. It was important to me that the line was hand-formed as I see a connection between the slow and time-consuming process of the hand-made and the slow growth of a forest in the Southwest region. Through social practice and connecting communities, the piece also reflects on the many hands involved in fighting a fire of large magnitude, and in healing the land affected.

The yarn’s appearance on the platform fills the confines of a 1:5000 scaled map of the footprint of the fire and loosely references the topography of the mountainous landscape through which the fire burned. In some places, the yarn’s terrain is highly manipulated and controlled; in others it flows organically, representing the struggle between man and nature. More specifically, this is the struggle between managing the often-erratic growth of the fire versus allowing it to take its natural course. Amidst this dichotomy is pinned a red dot of yarn: the location of a small dwelling that my husband and I lost to the 2012 fire.

Photographs by Victor Sidy, Luis Jorda, and Saskia Jorda

To view photos of contributors in progress visit here.

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING PARTICIPANTS FOR CONTRIBUTING TO THE 100% CONTAINED PROJECT:

2 Miles +

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1/2 Mile to 1 Mile 1/4 Mile to 1/2 Mile Up to 1/4 Mile Installation Team