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Fire-breathing art dragon blazes message to Detroit Institute of Arts

A detail of the facade of the Detroit Institute of Arts is seen in Detroit, Michigan June 2, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
A detail of the facade of the Detroit Institute of Arts is seen in Detroit, Michigan June 2, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

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. 

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