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Free
2013

As viewers walk into the dark space of the Experimental Gallery, they see a simple rectangular building-like structure ahead of them, seeming to glow from deep within.  They enter the small open doorway of the structure and find themselves in a long, white, barely lit 40-foot-long X 10-foot-wide space with a seemingly infinite 4-inch shelf running down the long walls on either side of them. On the shelf is a single row of buttermilk biscuits baked by the United House of Prayer for All People, a local church which, to support itself, runs one of the best soul-food restaurants in Savannah.
At the far end of the space, centered on the back wall at knee height, is a simple rectangular niche with approximate dimensions of 2 feet high X 3 feet wide X 1 foot deep.  It appears to be glowing.  There are two seemingly solid golden lines running from two holes in the top of the niche to two holes in the bottom, which, upon closer examination, are continuous streams of slowly dripping honey.  On the floor in front of the niche is a single upholstered cushion.
Participants enter the structure, take a biscuit, and continue walking toward the back of the room.  If there is a line of people waiting inside the structure, they join the line.  When they arrive at the niche, they separate the biscuit in two, kneel on the cushion, and place their biscuit halves under the honey streams for as long as they wish.  They then walk back the way they came, past the people waiting on line, and exit through the same door they had entered.  They may eat their biscuit and honey anywhere inside Free or in the dark Experimental Gallery, but may not take it into the rest of the museum.  A moist-towelette dispenser is affixed to the wall at the entrance/exit of the gallery.
At the end of every day, uneaten biscuits are donated back to the United House of Prayer for All People.

 

 

  Photos courtesy of Scad