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Death of the Hero
Multimedia installation pathway with projected images, wooden walkway over unfired clay objects, ending at a grave.

Text: My father died on August 30, 1989. After his death, I thought about his heroic presence in my family and the heroism all of us expect of our fathers.

Artist's myth: The child of a blind man has a dream in which her father walks down the streets of a city. Her fear begins when he falls into a deep hole. Putting away her play things, she jumps in after him and the two become lost together. Without her knowing, the father throws his boots up toward the sky and they catch in the apron of a young woman. She lowers a rope down to the man and child, and the two emerge. In gratitude, the man bestows upon the woman his timepiece, upon his child, his boots. The child, in the boots of her hero, walks away with her father.

Designed and Constructed by Tori Ralston
Exhibited at the Glass Gallery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill









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