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Lux Aeterna by Lincøln

November 30th, 2007 10:40 AM

INSTRUCTIONS: Install a strange and wonderful light source in a public place.

OK, first play this:
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All right, now that we're in the proper mood, some back story.

In the winters it's my job to hang Christmas lights on rich people's houses. It's awesome and fun, but the hours are very very long. So every chance I get to add some awesome to my days, I take it.
And the houses look beautiful all lit up.

Another house

When I first read this task, I thought about my winter work. We have one client in particular who has many trees on his property that we light up for him. And they look beautiful. But on his side yard, there's a giant oak tree. I mean giant. Look at this thing.

Giant oak on a hill
One Tree Hill

It's probably fifty feet tall and just as wide. And I've always wanted to light it up. And I'm no stranger to lighting up big trees, this is my father's tree that we decorate every year:

Dad's Xmas tree

But the giant oak I speak of is not on the homeowner's property.


Not on the property

Clearly on the other side of his fence.

Public space. None of us have any right to be doing anything to or with that tree. So I have my public place and my plan to install a strange and wonderful light source.

On the downside it's a protected tree by the state of California, so if we damage the tree in any way, the homeowner would be liable for it. So risks are being taken.

Every year I do his house, I joke about how cool it would be to light up the oak on the hill. And we always dream that it'd be cool. But what I had this year that I didn't last year was SFØ.

Knowing I wanted to do this task, and knowing that lighting that oak was what I wanted to do to complete the task, I gently persuaded the homeowner to light the oak outside of his property. And after hours of prodding, he threw caution to the wind and agreed to letting me light the tree.

Now a lot of credit for this task has to go to Dr. Michael McCray who not only agreed to do the tree, but paid for the lights and supplies the power to light it up every night. And my hard working crew helped out in a big way, as I mostly stayed on the ground and tossed balls of light up to them as they strung them up in the tree.

Armando stringing lights
Jose, Armando and Ricardo

So, me, my crew and Dr. McCray give you:

Lux Aeterna

Lux Aeterna

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Lux Aeterna
Another house
Giant oak on a hill
One Tree Hill
Dad's Xmas tree
Not on the property
Armando stringing lights
Armando and Ricardo working
Jose, Armando and Ricardo
Have some fun while putting up those lights
Cool effect

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11 comment(s)

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posted by Bex. on November 30th, 2007 11:29 AM

Wow, the music climaxed at the exact moment I saw the final result picture. Awesome.
And I want to see pictures of the other houses you've done.

posted by Stu on November 30th, 2007 12:39 PM

Queen Bex, we read at the same speed. Beautiful, Lincoln. That music was just what it needed, and the music and picture were just what I needed.

Thank you.

Thank you
posted by Lincøln on November 30th, 2007 12:44 PM

You are welcome.
I decided to do my UofA task in a way that emphasized Biome and HC. And it seems the HC part (which isn't eligible for the task) has turned out to be working out real well. Both here and there at the actual tree.

Yes, I'd say that tree is 50 feet tall.
posted by Jellybean of Thark on November 30th, 2007 2:56 PM

That is some lovely Biome'ing

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posted by Fonne Tayne on November 30th, 2007 6:09 PM

way to bring back music in the tasks! what's in that one tree hill ziggurat, anyway, more clues about a U2 related puzzle?

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posted by rongo rongo on November 30th, 2007 8:01 PM

I liked the musical mood setting, and also that SF0 helped you do something that you've been wanting to do!

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posted by miss understanding on December 1st, 2007 10:14 AM

Positively beautiful!

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posted by Charlie Fish on December 2nd, 2007 3:51 AM

The Requiem for a Dream track is a haunting evocation...

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posted by JTony Loves Brains on December 2nd, 2007 9:05 PM

Oh, man that is cool! Beautiful and different, too. Oh, and the music worked great as it kicked in right on the reveal, right on cue. Well done!

posted by lara black on December 3rd, 2007 2:25 AM

this could also be a completion for a task called "install whimsy."

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posted by Absurdum on August 24th, 2008 3:30 AM

The tree looks like it's wreathed in crawling flames. SWEET!