October 15, Death’s-head hawk moths are making their last flights, 2016

Photos: Aafke Holwerda
Commissioned and Produced by Public Works, Utrecht

In autumn, this large moth like many other butterflies and insects, makes his last flight. This ritual was designed to celebrate the time of these ‘last flights’ and to use this moment time to reflect on the last moments of people we knew and loved.

From October 11 to October 15, Coates invited the public to write a note to deceased person that they knew on kites that were made especially to fly these messages to the dead. A temporary kite making workshop was set up in a disused shop in the shopping mall adjacent to the train station. After a week of making kites and the public writing their messages on them, the kites were taken to an open space near to the city and flown as high and for as long as possible.