friendship furciferous. 21 / 26, open culture bottle project
Friendship Furciferous Images
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Friendship Furciferous was created before I knew who would throw it or where it would be thrown from. So when my friend Adam emailed me and told me he was traveling to South Africa, to experience the terror of being lunged at by great whites from within a shark cage in False Bay—and did I have a bottle for him to throw—of course I was delighted. Not only because this would the first bottle thrown between the Atlantic and Indian Seas, but also because the title of this collage fits our friendship. "Furciferous" is an obscure word meaning “rascally”. Adam has gotten me to smoke cigars, play laser tag, and there has been talk of going to a monster truck rally some day. Since I am a non-smoking artsy fartsy bookworm who publishes poetry books, these kinds of activities are not insignificantly out of my usual comfort zone, which I really appreciate.
Other curious coincidences in the collage that serendipitously seem to connect Adam to it are the crabs, and the surface of the moon backdrop in the top portion of the artwork—symbolic of the Zodiac Cancer sign: Adam and his wife Kristine are both Cancers; there is a shark lurking in the bottom right hand corner, as well as this idea of being submerged in a shark cage which corresponds with the image of the submarine; and the pearly bubbles, which are reminiscent of a beautiful story behind a pearl necklace that Adam gave Kristine.
I am so glad that he took the bottle to South Africa and threw it off of Seal Island; hopefully another rascal will find and enjoy it.