DFA, you chair-art was one of the koolest on the playa, (to me anyway.)
Thank you Yalcam. I really appreciate your response. The fact that my installation wasn't up too long sucks, and it's really great to know that some people did see it and enjoy it. I really am glad you did.
I received an email from two burners named Lisa and Dave. They were responsible for the three missing chairs. I would like to share their story... for I feel it truly reflects how wonderful burners can be.
"we noticed your poor, mangled art piece as we looked out onto the playa and one of your chairs was all alone on the dusty playa... a wave of inspiration came over us and the idea of three chairs placed amongst the playa with books to write in became reality in an afternoon... for the record, the chairs were loose when we aquired them and fresh lights were attatched to them every night (however, one individual removed the light one night and remarked that the light annoyed him, hence the unlight chair experience)... the three chairs were carefully placed throughuot the playa: one facing elephant rock and black rock mountain at the fence, one further in towards the city facing the chandelier (this one got a lot of action!) and one at Michael Christian's Klimax. The dynamics of the journals in respect to location and type of chair was so cool. My boyfriend and I spent hours in his teepee reading the journals from each day, laughing and thinking and discussing. The entire chair experiment was the highlight of our 2003 Burning Man experence- from the concieving of the chair idea, to the daily ritual of creating the book/pen/light thing and replacing the old one with the new one, to laying around and reading them out loud to one another. Another highlight of the chair experience was that Michael Christian is our friend (he didn't know that the random chair at Klimax was our making until the end of the event) and we were able to give him the journals that were written at and chiefly about his piece. He was very happy with the comments and discussion of his piece. In the end, the plush chandelier chair was donated to one of the artists on the playa, the fence chair was written all over and was eventually burned (unfortunately no pictures were taken), the Klimax chair was burned as well. The only pictures that we have of the chairs were found on one of the Burning Man Picture links, two guys photographed one another sitting in the chandelier chair (I can send you the link if you are interested). Overall, I have to thank you on behalf of myself and all of the other individuals whose Burning Man experience you and your chairs touched, thank you for bringing your chairs to the playa... thank you so much."
I wanted to post this, because even though I had come to terms with what happened, learned some valuable lessons and put it behind me, these burners did something for me that is so important... it made me feel that my art did not go to waste and in fact certainly did turn into something more beautiful. I wanted to thank them publicly for this. Thank you Lisa and Dave. I do hope I get to meet you both one day.