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Steel, typewriter film ribbon in plastic tubes, magnets, wire, weights. Dimensions vary: six units. Steel plates: 17 x 24”, plastic tubes: 10 x 1/4” dia. (Installation view: the International House.)

Description: Site-specific installation consisting of six “columns” installed in different rooms and corridors of a floor. The “columns” were formed by a thin steel plate attached, at different heights respectively, between four wires suspended from the ceiling and weighted by four steel weights hovering just above the floor. Distributed randomly across the six columns were about 1000 plastic tubes with small magnets. 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