While this can be a private ritual, I thought for the closing of the Fierce Lament Exhibit, it would be nice to offer an opportunity for people to share their thoughts. Plus I'm really curious as to what they'd say. Here's a cross post from the Power Contemplations website about the activity:
Thanks and Goodbye, Coal.
From 4-6 pm, Saturday, May 14th, in the final hours of the Fierce Lament Exhibit at Form+Content Gallery, you are invited to participate (on video or off) in a farewell to energy sources of the last century using "Switch," a ritual artwork by artist, Jonee Kulman Brigham. Join with others in flipping the switches on electricity generated by coal, nuclear, natural gas, oil, and trash incineration.
What appreciation do you want to express - for childhood toast in the morning? Or to the coal workers who made that possible? What would you like to say to bring closure to your relationship with these power sources of the past, even if this will be a long - maybe decades long - goodbye?