Sand Bags

 James Francis Whelan IV, 2019
Mylar balloons, sand.

A jumble of mylar balloon consonants derived from the phrase “Happy Birthday” are filled with sand and heaped atop on another. Embodying the specific yet ambiguous emotional weight that visits us at the mark of each passing year, the pile betrays the true absurdity of our mortal angst—while recognizing how overbearing it can feel.