RC Boat
R.C. Boat, 1975, wood and mixed media, 18" x 44" x 8'

A small plywood boat originally found in a ruinous condition by the artist's son, Ian and his friend Ted in the Los Gatos Creek in San Jose. The boat was later rebuilt by the artist and the text of Robinson Crusoe laminated to the inside and outside surfaces. The artist found that he happened to own two copies of the same edition of the book which allowed both sides of each page to be shown. Only the paper differed in the two texts, causing an interesting variation in transparency when the pages were immersed in the resin coating. By a fortunate coincidence, the boat had just enough surface area, including the seat tops, to display every page of the text.
–Susan O'Malley