By Richard Rushfield
One doesn’t generally associate the Knott’s Berry Farm theme park with avante-gardist tributes to fiscal insolvency, but yesterday on the Windseeker ride, they did just that with a piece certain to be studied and imitated by Hampshire College students for decades to come.
In a representation of the state of our state, Knotts trapped 20 guests dangling at 300 feet for three and a half hours on the Windseeker tower. The 20 dangling, helpless Californians caught on a decrepit amusement park ride a living representation of 30 million dangling, helpless Californians caught on a decrepit amusement park ride all across the state.
According to the LA Times’ art review of the performance:
The WindSeeker will remain closed while Knott’s investigates the cause of the incident, according to a statement from the amusement park.
Each Knott’s ride is inspected daily, according to the statement.
The WindSeeker also malfunctioned earlier this month, stopping for about three hours on Sept. 7, Blazey said.
However, probably the best exegesis on the work came in this piece, by art critic juliejazzyable who captured the moment’s full scope and vision in this video: