Medium: Performance in Calexico, Calif.
Date: Dec. 17, 1978

Coals to Newcastle is titled after an English idiom that describes a pointless act. In this performance, Burden flew two joints of marijuana, grown in the U.S., from California to Mexico with toy rubber-band model airplanes. Burden inscribed the phrases,"Hecho in U.S.A.," "Fumenlos Muchachos," and "Topanga Typica" on the planes, highlighting the border dividing Mexicali and Calexico into two cities.