Today was the final performance: Would/Lands: Walk on the Wild Side. Originally, the performance was scheduled for yesterday, but it was postponed until today due to rain. This turned out to be a wise decision, because today's weather was beautiful.
I arrived as per requested by the trestle bridge at 2:30, unsure of what to expect. Pat informed me through email that "you are going to have to be a damsel in dis dress again, being run over by woody's giant saw blade at the beginning of the walk." I did not know how exactly to interpret this, but apparently she meant very literally. Woody created this spinning saw blade that was used to terrorize me. My job was to scream and flail about. I did not feel especially qualified but I did my best. One person told me that I was smiling just the right amount, and I was surprised because I did not mean to smile. My parents told me that I smiled a lot. However, there was one little girl who stayed after the procession continued on so that she could ask if I was okay. So some people were convinced!
|Most of the pictures my parents took did not come out well because of the|
lighting, but this gives some sense of the scene
The rest of the procession involved Pat stopping at various pieces hung in the trees, and talking about them. There was a band that led the way with lively tunes. Pat outfitted them in bright turquoise uniforms, and they looked quite festive. People seemed to enjoy the whole spectacle, although I sensed that some parts did not go as Pat wanted them to. For instance, when Pat became the "Boracle," she had some trouble with her assistant holding up the speaker for her properly, and she seemed annoyed that the crowd did not ask more questions. However, it seemed like a generally successful event overall. It was quite an experience working with Pat, and I hope to see her when the piece gets de-installed and burned.