last letters (details)

Steel, typewriter film ribbon in plastic tubes, magnets, steel wire. Dimensions vary: Ceiling height x 96 x 2″, plastic tubes: 10 x 1/4” dia.

Description: Like books in a book case, about 1000 plastic tubes attach with small magnets to three steel beams. The beams are suspended between ceiling and floor with steel wires. Inside the tubes are strips of typewriter film ribbon with hand written text scratched out of it: fragments of last letters supposedly written by people  condemned to death during the “reign of terror” of the French Revolution. The tubes can be taken down to facilitate a reading of the text.