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Box Kite: 23,890 Cubic Inches

Box Kite: 23,890 cu. Inches: Approximate Volume of Air I Breathe in One Hour (at rest), 2007
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28.8″ x 28.8″ x 28.8″

Excerpt from a review by Michael Abetemarco, THE Magazine

… Consider Allen’s Box Kite: 23,890 cu. inches / Approximate Volume of Air / Breathe in One Hour (at rest), which is exactly what it says it is: the approximate volume of breath produced in one hour while at rest expressed in cubic inches. This information has no bearing on whether or not it can actually be flown, but like his other kites, including one designed for flying under water, it probably can. But Box Kite brings us back to the idea of constructs as the extension of breath and voice, which also have measurable qualities.

Allen’s work puts us in mind of the symbiotic relationship of man-made machines with the temporal conditions that enable their use, but with an inherent respect for the conditions themselves: ever changing despite attempts to measure and contain them.

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