Pre 1871 style house effigies are set ablaze in the Chicago River
Great Chicago Fire Festival struggles to ignite
Chicago Sun-Times - Oct.6,2014
Only one of the three structures floating at crucial points along the Chicago River ignited on cue to suggest the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. And attempts to switch from electrical ignition to the old-fashioned manual technique in order to get a roaring blaze going were only fitfully successful. The conflagration never fully happened. But just when all seemed lost, a celebratory fireworks show briefly brought the event to a conclusion.
...The idea was that out of the ashes of a great historical disaster, Chicago was quickly reborn. But without a successful “staged destruction” there could be no transformation — no skyscrapers rising from the river and no glass sculpture emerging as the city’s flag.http://breakingnews.suntime...
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