Eden not lost, yet
Eden, not yet lost
on a sunny day in Santa Monica
Sunday the 6th of April 2003
on the corner of Bay and Main
on the sidewalk in front of Pandemic
on the beaches facing the Pacific Ocean
on the parking lot below palm trees
on the stairs near the chess players
we asked 12 (twelve) homeless men
for their footprints.
We offered to pay them.
They took off their shoes
tired, dirty, stinking, full of pain
touched the shining copper plates
rocked back and forth
leaving an impression.
For one afternoon they entered Paradise
(booze, grub, booze).
A refreshing breeze came from the ocean.
boxed portfolio of 14 etchings and text printed on Gampi and Rives de Lin paper
16/20 (6 bound books, 14 loose portfolios + 3 artist's proofs)
39.4 x 38.0 cm each sheet approx. :
a-l - footprints 1-12; 18.8 x 20 cm; platemark, each print
a-l - footprints 1-12; 39.4 x 38 cm; sheet, each print
m - tree and torso; 19.9 x 18.8 cm; platemark
m - tree and torso; 39.2 x 38 cm; sheet
n - orange peel/intestine; 18.6 x 20 cm; platemark
n - orange peel/intestine; 39.4 x 37.8 cm; sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r.corner each sheet, pencil "MBalka". Not dated.
Not on display
© Miroslaw Balka