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Title

Entering paradise


Artist

Miroslaw Balka

Poland

1958 -


About

Eden not lost, yet
Eden, not yet lost
entering Eden
entering Paradise

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 accepted.

They took off their shoes
tired, dirty, stinking, full of pain
their feet
touched the shining copper plates
their feet
rocked back and forth
leaving an impression.

For one afternoon they entered Paradise
(booze, grub, booze).

A refreshing breeze came from the ocean.

Miroslaw Balka


Details


Date

2003


Media category

Print


Materials used

boxed portfolio of 14 etchings and text printed on Gampi and Rives de Lin paper


Edition

16/20 (6 bound books, 14 loose portfolios + 3 artist's proofs)


Dimensions

14 etchings: each approx 39.4 x 38.0 cm sheet :

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.


Credit

Purchased 2004


Location

Not on display


Accession number

178.2004.a-n


Artist information

Miroslaw Balka

Works in the collection

1