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The Civilization Tree Spectacle

Civilization Tree, built by artist Silvan Köppel, is a huge sculpture of civilization scraps that formed society and life during the last century. Together with his friend Andi Loser, pianist and songwriter, he celebrated the 10th birthday of this work. No one knew what would happen exactly, except that it would be burning hot. On a pedestal a piano was unveiled, loaded with fireworks. Andi went up and played, while Silvan set the whole on fire. Before Andi began burn himself, he was hoisted on a rope with a crane from the platform. Altstätten, Switzerland, Oct 30, 2010.

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Taken on October 30, 2010