‘THE CREST OF A WAVE’ by Lawrence Weiner, Fundació Suñol, Barcelona, 9 October–15 November 2008
Lawrence Weiner
Fundació Suñol, Barcelona
9 October–15 November 2008

The project was divided in four parts – as a distributed ephemeral sculpture, a wall installation, a sound work and an action – together each asked what might constitute a public sculpture. Weiner's new work triggered a chronicle of Spain’s mercantile and maritime history, equestrian and commercial power, offering a biography of materials and a testament to the transmutability of language.

On the 24th of September, coinciding with the festivities of Mercè, the patron saint of Barcelona, an ephemeral sculpture by Lawrence Weiner was distributed throughout over 70 emblematic bars, cafes and restaurants in the city [Map locations] to accompany one’s café con leche, cortado, carajillo, or conversation. Printed on hundreds of thousands of standard 7 gram white sugar sachets in three languages, Weiner’s striking typographic rendition of the statement A CLOTH OF COTTON WRAPPED AROUND A HORSESHOE OF IRON TOSSED UPON THE CREST OF A WAVE, is accompanied by an emblem which evokes the trajectory of a certain horseshoe over a wave in diagrammatic form.

The second and third parts were presented at Nivell Zero at Fundació Suñol, where Weiner presented an adaptation of the statement painted on an exterior wall of the courtyard in Catalan, Spanish and English. In the interior space we listened to the same statement within a catchy musical composition based on a track by Ned Sublette and The Persuasions.

The last element of the project manifested itself as a small event realized by the sea during the opening week of the exhibition: an iron horseshoe was wrapped in cotton cloth and was tossed upon a wave’s crest (see the YouTube video www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOecdIiDSRM&feature=player_em....


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