Remember that movie Boy in a Bubble? Well, if you happen to walk down Calgary’s Stephen Ave. this week, you’ll see our very own version of that, except instead of a bubble, local artist Daniel Kirk is living inside a glass box. But he isn’t a magician trying a death defying stunt, nope, he is creating art, that someday, we’ll all enjoy.
With the city’s permission, Kirk locked himself in the box on Monday morning and since then he’s already gathered a huge crowd of supporters and curious onlookers. He’ll be in there non-stop until Friday afternoon. During his time in the glass box, he’ll be painting a unique art project called Cavernous Isolata iii, that everyone can watch be created for the next few days.
So I know what you’re all thinking, what about the washroom. Well he has one, sort of. A bucket behind a curtain counts as a washroom, right? On top of his art supplies, he’s brought with them him a sleeping bag, some clothes clothes, a lamp, a video camera and water. He’s also decided to not bring food with him, meaning he’ll be likely starving when he exits on Friday.
Not only will he be going without food, he’ll also be going without any media such as internet or cell phone. Luckily, that part of Stephen Ave usually offers up lots of entertainment in the form of drunken fights and other such activities.
If you go visit Daniel, you can certainly still interact with him. I don’t know if he can hear you, but there is a slot where you can write notes that he’ll read during his time on display. I actually met Kirk a few years ago and I had no idea he was capable of such extreme works of art. Today, through the glass, I offered him a congratulations and decided that I will be there on Friday afternoon when he’s allowed to exit his temporary home.