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“We would have never permitted this”

January 23, 2013

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Parisian artist Claire Fontaine is known for her neo-conceptual works, but when a map of America constructed of matches was set ablaze late Tuesday night it sent San Francisco firefighters rushing to a Mission District neighborhood art gallery.

Authorities said they got a 911 call around 10 p.m. of smoke and flames coming from the Queens Nail Annex gallery.

Arriving firefighters discovered that the gallery owner had set one of Fontaine’ works – a map of the United States constructed from 25,000 matches — ablaze.

The blaze left a scorch mark on the wall and damage to the ceiling.

Read More | “Artist’s fiery work sparks San Francisco gallery blaze” | KTVU | Anne Boyer