Tilting at frustration

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Tilting at Giants, by Dayton Castleman

The physical presence of Dayton Castleman’s windmill installation, “Tilting at Giants,” at the Broad St. Ministries surprised me, even after reading Roberta’s post and seeing the images. Bringing my memory of modern windmills that generate electricity to the exhibit, I unreasonably expected the windmills to be tall and graceful and in motion.

What they are is high-tech-looking, somewhat short and stocky, and stunningly inert. In that soaring sanctuary space, the windmills suddenly become metaphors for people, unable to catch the wind, unable to work efficiently in a universe where atmosphere is a condition of existence. In thinking these thoughts, I was blown away.

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