human carriage | 2009
Commissioned for “The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia: 1860-1989”
Alexandra Munroe, Curator
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
human carriage rimmed the Guggenheim’s parapet walls with a slender pipe to create a pathway, from the upper end of the museum’s ramp to the entrance below, for the descent of a wheeled carriage that housed two suspended Tibetan cymbal bells. Ringing intermittently the sound of the bells was both everywhere and nowhere within the spiral of the Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda.
As the bell carriage reached it terminus and came to rest at the bottom of the rotunda, it triggered the drop of a bundle of reconstructed books acting as conceptual counterweights in a system exchanging weight for weightlessness, and sound for the silence of reading. Like the many individual and disparate readers of a book the descent of the bell and the fall of the books was variable and responsive to the moment of each particular pull of gravity.
(text via the artist’s site)