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Coke Cans | Mayfield



This page contains several photographs that I took myself. Click on the thumbnails to see the full pictures.

The taking of both of these pictures were inspired and/or assisted by László Mórocz.



Coke Cans

Coke Cans
Coke Cans
Copyright ©1990
by Mark D. Niemiec

In February 1989, I started a tower in my office, made out of empty Coke cans. Such towers tend to be fairly sturdy, since the bases of one level are held firmly in place by the pull-tabs on the next lower level. By Christmas, it had reached 10 complete levels (385 cans), so I put a star on top to make a Christmas Tree.

In March 1990, when László came in for a job interview, he insisted that somebody need to throw a football at the tower, so when he was hired, I promised him the honor of doing so.

In September, the tower had penetrated the ceiling, 14 cans high and 11 wide (with a corner missing, due to the width of the table), a total of 960 cans. We got out the camera and cam-corder for the tearing-down ceremony, and László threw the football. Only 2-3 cans fell. He then put two phone books in to a box, and tried again. This photo is the result. I was lucky to catch the box just after it hit the cans before any had actually fallen. Afterwards, it took about a minute for the falling cans to settle. The remains filled seven garbage bags. (Sadly, only the two bags of aluminum cans were accepted for recycling; the five bags of steel cans were not.)


Mayfield

Mayfield
Mayfield
Copyright ©1991
by Mark D. Niemiec

I took this around 11 AM on March 16 1991. It is a view directly south at the Mayfield/I-271 interchange on Cleveland's east side. This photograph as such would now be impossible to take, since express lanes have were added in the middle of the I-271 in 1994. The photo was taken from a Cessna, that was being piloted by László.



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