fiddle

We set fire to this fiddle -- as you do -- and floated it down Devil's Water, a river in Northumberland. Rest assured it had nothing to do with some sort of satanic ritual. Any questions?

[note: i've just noticed the details appear much sharper against the black]
I have lots of questions, but the main one is "Why?" I assume that there was a reason for setting fire to it.
posted December 3rd, 2017  
@merrelyn You'll be happy to know it had nothing to do with satanic rituals (maybe i should make that clear in the description?). We were doing an environmental sound art project that focused on the elements (earth, air, fire, water). There was a lot more to it than burning this poor fiddle.
posted December 3rd, 2017  
@steggiesaurus It sounds like an interesting project :)
posted December 3rd, 2017  
A out of the ordinary work of art exploration for sure.
posted December 3rd, 2017  
Argh! I just noticed there is a chewed-up stick lurking behind the fiddle. Kinda obscures the violin's "waist". Funny I didn't notice that before.
posted December 3rd, 2017  
@merrelyn @joysabin For sure. It was/is my husband's project (on-going and with a couple other collaborators). I was just the videographer for this piece. He (fiddle) and a collaborator (guitar) "played" the trees and the river. And the trees and the river "played" the fiddle and the guitar. Hard to explain. But it was a wonderful couple of days playing in a sweet, cold river.
posted December 3rd, 2017  
Very interesting take, it would be too expensive to burn my cello. haha
posted December 3rd, 2017  
Sorry, but I am shuddering!
posted December 3rd, 2017  
@quietpurplehaze Sorry, Hazel! You are not the first. Burning any musical instrument is pretty horrid, but this was a very cheap, and cheaply built, one bought specifically for the project. By the time it was burned it was already in unplayable condition having been played by the river and dragged through leaves and hung in trees, etc. It had been in the project for a few years. Now it is on our entryway shelf. It is actually a beautiful object. I don't know if this will make you feel better or worse! :-)
posted December 3rd, 2017  
An interesting project and an interesting image :)
posted December 3rd, 2017  
Sure sounds like a very intriguing project.
posted December 4th, 2017  
I wouldn't burn one of my instruments ever... Though I understand the artistic urge.
posted December 4th, 2017  
@domenicododaro Me, neither (though I suppose, I was an accomplice in this case).

As I said above, it was a sad, old thing. It had once been a tree and then it was a tree again, giving it's warmth and energy back in another form.
posted December 4th, 2017  
@hermann @littleconnie It really is. The project started a number of years ago but seems to be taking a little breather at the moment while the contributors do other things. I was commissioned to make a sorta arty, collage-type of video out of the two days shooting during which the fiddle was burned. It needs more editing, but it will probably be the project's next "output".
posted December 4th, 2017  
@yaorenliu Ha ha! Yes. I wouldn't even burn my little ukulele, and it wasn't even expensive.
posted December 4th, 2017  
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