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Title

Entering paradise

2003

Artist

Miroslaw Balka

Poland

1958 -

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  • Details

    Date
    2003
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    boxed portfolio of fourteen etchings with chine collé
    Edition
    16/20 [edition of 20: 6 bound books, 14 loose portfolios + 3 A/P]
    Dimensions

    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
    Copyright
    © Miroslaw Balka

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    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