Levitation of St. Paul, as seen today. © Gina Levante

For those who could not make it, or those who could not see it, here an account of what happened today:

Gina Levante arrived in time (2:58pm) at St. Paul’s Island to set up her material and take sufficient time to meditate. Over the past years, she has developed a technique, which enables her to levitate inanimate objects, even heavy ones. To do this, she uses a combination of scientific tools and intuitive force.

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For the Malta-levitation-edition, Gina had decided to levitate St. Paul’s statue. For sure, St. Paul’s feast has already passed. But his heritage is very much alive: Acts recounts that on the way to Rome for his appeal as a Roman citizen to Caesar, Paul was shipwrecked on Bartolomeo_Montagna_-_Saint_Paul_-_Google_Art_Project“Melita” (Malta), where he was met by Publius and the islanders who showed him “unusual kindness”. Gina chose the little island that is known as “St Paul’s Island” and reputed to be the scene of his shipwreck, as the location for her levitation. Why? Well, as an Italian, very much in touch with life and anecdotes of Saints and Apostles, she knew that Paul described his life in his own words as that he

  • “worked much harder.
  • was in prison more frequently.
  • was flogged more severely.
  • was shipwrecked three times, spending a night and a day in the open sea.
  • was constantly on the move.
  • had labored and toiled and had often gone without sleep
  • had known hunger and thirst and had often gone without food
  • had been cold and naked
  • and so forth.” (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_the_Apostle)

Since there is nothing we can do to make the past unwind, we can only alleviate the present. That is why Gina decided to alleviate Paul’s hardship, even if only symbolically, even if only for 30 minutes.

Gina went to the island and did a test levitation on Paul. She started levitation at 5pm sharp. Paul rose vertically, everything went according to plan.

floating stpaulAfter only a couple of minutes, though, the winds came. Paul did not fall over (fortunately!) but he drifted slightly away from the straight upward-facing course. For another 10 minutes, Gina could hold the statue in this stable position and then had to interrupt the performance.

st paul levitatingAmong the audience there was applause and spontaneous levitation. (See picture of Levitation by famous Mongolian artist Dudlaj Gan –thanks to the director of Kinemastik for the picture!)levitating_dunglaj

 

And you, dear reader, might think – “as if!!!”.

Indeed, as if.

 

The above described could have been happening exactly as described, and in a way it did happen exactly the way it was described. It happened like this in the heads and ideas of all those who even for a split second imagined that St. Paul would levitate from his plinth and float above St. Paul’s Island like Sandra Bullock in Gravity (well, not exactly like her… but you get the idea). But alas, it did not happen, but only because it was the First of April.

FRAGMENTA would like to thank all of you amazing people who showed interest and even the energy to come to St. Paul’s. We apologize for any inconvenience caused, truly and from the heart. And we are happy to be able to say that we continue to have people around us who believe in dreams and levitating bodies (- as we do!). You rock.

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