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    Doris Salcedo's Shibboleth at the Tate Modern "asks questions about the interaction of sculpture and space, about architecture and the values it enshrines, and about the shaky ideological foundations on which Western notions of modernity are built. In particular, Salcedo is addressing a long legacy of racism and colonialism that underlies the modern world."

    Due to a bunch of people falling into the gash (though IMHO you'd have to be trying quite hard to get anything stuck in there) they've now put up a safety barrier. There's probably a deep sociological point to be made there, about people being prevented from hurting themselves on artistic points about racial schism. But I can't summon it.

    Mind the gap.

    1. nataliej 86 months ago | reply

      A safety barrier? Oh for God's sake. How hard is it to not fall into a piece of art that you're looking at? I mean, really.

    2. -TheDebster- 86 months ago | reply

      Our conservatory floor has a crack like that, maybe I should charge people to come and look at it?

    3. antikewl 86 months ago | reply

      Why don't they just fill it in?

    4. willster 86 months ago | reply

      Word is the barriers are a separate work of art entitled "The futile pursuit of protecting the stupid from themselves" ;)

    5. dannyhunter77 86 months ago | reply

      I was there today and there were lots of vans with 'crack filling experts' written on the side - I think the cracks days are numbered!

    6. crouchingbadger 85 months ago | reply

      Nice photo. A disappointing nanny-state saftey fence. Keep moving please.

      The floor thing reminds me of being in the Guggenheim in NYC, where there was a rock-based mosaic thing in the middle where people were trying to queue.

      First woman to her friend: "don't walk on that, it's art!"
      Second woman: "but it's on the floor"

      I'm not sure who had the best point.

    7. dumbledad 85 months ago | reply

      I think the safety barrier is there because the display of Salcedo's Shibboleth at the Tate Modern finished on the 6th, i.e. the day before this photo is taken. The barriers are just the first step of its removal. At least, that's what I assumed, IMHO.

    8. lomokev 85 months ago | reply

      it was bound to happen sooner or later! i surprised it lasted that long

    9. magazione 83 months ago | reply

      2 very interesting concepts... foundations and also protection. this does speak on other levels. love it.

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