Video installation pays tribute to father

June 27, 2011 | Arts, UToday
By Staff

“Burning the Maples” by Holly Hey

“Burning the Maples” by Holly Hey

“Burning the Maples,” a multimedia installation by Holly Hey, is on exhibit in the first floor gallery of the Secor Building, 425 Jefferson Ave. in Toledo.

The UT assistant professor of film and video production said the project is a tribute to her father, Don Hey, who died of prostate cancer in 2009.

“A barber by trade, my father’s true love was the outdoors and particularly cutting wood,” she said. “His connection to the landscape and robust desire to be outdoors has profoundly affected my memories of him.

“His essence lives on in the fine wood grain, the blowing sawdust, and ultimately within the burnt wood and ash that remain.”

Branches hang from the ceiling and protrude from the walls of the gallery as video images play.

“The installation’s projections are presented in super slow motion to bring attention to time lost, time past and time forgotten,” Hey explained.

The free, public exhibition is on display through Saturday, July 16, when a closing reception with the artist will take place from 6 to 11 p.m. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. and by appointment; email

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