DETROIT (WKZO) -- In response to the threat of artwork being sold to cover the city's bankruptcy debts, a fire breathing dragon made from found art objects was used to ignite a message on the lawn of the Detroit Institute of Arts Thursday night.
The 60-foot-long, 23-foot-high dragon is actually an art car, created by Detroit artist Ryan Doyle and Hong Kong based LED artist Teddy Lo. The artists and about a dozen of their friends drove the dragon, named Gon Ki Rin or "Light Dragon" in Mandarin, down Woodward to the lawn of the DIA around 9 p.m. In what the group calls an "art performance," its 20-foot tongue of fire was used to ignite a sign made of steel letters wrapped in kerosene soaked fabric that read, "Save the Art."
The group quickly drove away, leaving aides to extinguish the blaze, but a fire truck arrived shortly after to put out the smoldering sign.