Aug 23, 2013
Crayongießen is a partipatory installation piece where participants read their fortunes from the dropped casts of melted crayons. The idea is based on a German New Years tradition called Bleigießen, where people melt a small amount of lead, drop it in a bowl of water, and then read their fortune from the shape. The piece is set up with a candle, a metal spoon, broken crayon pieces, basin of water, and the symbol reference guide. To make a crayon casting, draw 2 crayon pieces at random from the box, hold the crayons in a spoon over a candle flame until melted, dump the wax into a bowl of water, and then interpret the shape using the guidebook to determine a fortune.