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30 Minutes of Air

30 Minutes of Air: each kite 398 cubic inches, the approximate volume of air I breathe in one minute at rest, 2008
sailcloth, fiberglass, string,
each piece: 7 3/8″ x 7 3/8″ x 7 3/8″ overall: approx. 12′ x 9′ x 3′
permanent installation: South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, San Antonio, TX

Commissioned for the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, 30 Minutes of Air is a consideration of respiration, rhythm and the passage of time. As the title suggests, each kite encloses a space equivalent to the artist’s tidal volume over the course of one minute: 30 Kites = 30 Minutes of Air.

– Tidal volume is the volume of air inspired or expired in a single breath during regular breathing.
– 13 breaths per minute at approx. 30.63 cu. inches = 398.19 cu. inches per minute.