Mystery of Mother Earth and Her Relationship to the Virgin of Guadalupe
1989, San Antonio, Texas. Scaffolding, fiberglass and pyrotechnics. Mystery of Mother Earth and Her Relationship to the Virgin of Guadalupe is a pyro-sculpture performance celebrating the relationship of indigenous beliefs with that of Mexican Catholicism. The piece started with a cantor singing Amazing Grace while pyro firewheels and wire directed fireworks celebrated Mother Earth (a nude female figure with antlers) while twenty feet up on scaffolding. Then the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared behind Mother Earth and started Her seventy foot ascent while celebratory aerial fireworks illuminated the sky and the cantor sang Ave Maria. The performance ended at the completion of the fireworks.