Sunday, 25 January 2009

35°9,32°18 by Richard Wentworth (1985)

Don't know why but this work just keeps appearing in my head:

This is a work which plays on tension and illusion. The tall steel ladder was retrieved from a scrap heap. The cable ladder looks as though it could be the shadow of the steel ladder, but its form is more wayward. The sculpture was made for an exhibition in Israel. The title is a map reference. The artist relates that he asked a student in Israel if one could locate the place of Jacob's dream as related in the Bible (Genesis 28,10). 'Oh yes he said, I'll have it for you tomorrow morning, and that gave the work its title; fable and military precision in one'. Jacob's dream was of a ladder from earth to heaven.

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