A Halo around the ICC
26 September 1976
Action by James Lee byars in front of the I.C.C. on the Meir, Antwerps' busiest shopping street.
The proportional analogy between the width of the facade of the I.C.C. and the width of the street, inspired James Lee Byars for this action. Under the watchfull eye of Byars, I.C.C. director Flor Bex
starts with the painting of a semicircle on the street in front of the building. The original plan was to give a performance at the exact centre of the halo, but Bex was caught red handed and arrested by a patrol of the Antwerp police. Byars, who had gone "missing" when the boys in blue arrived, eventually gave his performance, under the form of a reception in an unfinished halo.
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Note that I.C.C. director Flor Bex found on the windshield of his car, the morning he and Byars' wife BB were released by the Antwerp police.
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The Circle / The Sphere
From early on in his artistic career Byars used geometric figures, especially circles and spheres because of their simplicity and their intri