“Lima Lives!” is a sound and video installation, commissioned by Atlanta’s Flux Projects 2010. A collaborative effort with artists Ed and Linda Calhoun, the piece celebrates the life and spirit of Lima, a zebra, that escaped from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus on February 18, 2010 and stopped traffic for forty minutes in downtown Atlanta. He was later euthanized because of sever hoof damage. The installation combines real 911 tapes with a fictionalized look at Lima’s early life as well as roving projection throughout the city of Atlanta during the week leading-up to FLUX 2010.
Wit abounded, sometimes for its own sake, but more often as a vehicle for provoking thought. The video “Lima Lives” a true-life Atlanta story about a run away circus zebra named Lima and the attendant absurdities of police chasing “Perp 43” (to quote the police dispatcher). It also evoked the poignancy of a caged animal’s life, particularly the voice-over about Lima trying to “go home.” It was not Lima’s first attempt for freedom.
Roving projections the week leading up to FLUX 2010 : running time 2:10
“Lima Lives” the irrepressible spirit of Lima and his universal story of breaking free from the circus : running time 5:38