49 hand-pulled crystal coat hangers, 5 coat racks.
Free Fall represents 49 hand-pulled crystal coat hangers in response to the 49 victims of the June 12, 2016 Orlando Shooting, at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, FL. Subtly evoking the body, Fernandes' fragile crystal hangers memorialize the victims of the shooting. They suggest the ritual of taking off your coat to dance, and the possibility that these objects may themselves fall and be broken. In the media "free fall" following the shooting, creating a storm of uncertainty, accusation and headlines Fernandes' Free Fall, in response, creates a space for pause, commemoration and acknowledgement of our vulnerabilities.