Don Quixote written with Water Vapor-Pixels in the Air over One Year

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Schöne Fantastische Skulptur von Mitchell F. Chan, die den kompletten Text von Miguel de Cervantes Savaedras „The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha“ mit Wasserdampf in die Luft pixelt, Buchstabe für Buchstabe. Für den kompletten Text wird die Skulptur ungefähr ein ganzes Jahr brauchen. Sensationell.

This project uses water vapor to write out, letter by letter, the book The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Savaedra.

Each letter dissipates into the air as quickly as it emerges, rendering the text only scarcely legible. The piece addresses the futility of grasping at stable meanings and the beauty of the ineffectual gesture.

ON READING THE TEXT IN THE VIDEO:

Although illegibility is a key component of the piece, the video is still a bit more rewarding if you can read the letters as they come out. The subtitles are actually cued to the sculpture as it performs, so each letter appears in the subtitles just as the sculpture is attempting to form it. The letters scroll upwards, like a vertical LED ticker tape. So if the letter is an "O", you'll see a bar of clouds, followed by several puffs coming from opposite sides of the sculpture, followed by another bar of clouds.

THE INGENIOUS GENTLEMAN DON QUIXOTE OF LA MANCHA