[lit-ideas] Off Base

  • From: Eric Yost <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2006 13:08:27 -0400

When a sculptor submitted his work to an exhibition, the plinth got separated from the sculpture in transit. The exhibition organizers judged that the pedestal was the work of art and displayed it instead of the sculpture. Funny to read how the curators tried weasel out of their blunder. -EY



Yesterday, the Royal Academy, with great candour, said no error had been made on its part.

"David Hensel's work was submitted to the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2006 as two separate pieces," it said in a statement.

"Given their separate submission, the two parts were judged independently. The head was rejected. The base was thought to have merit and accepted; it is currently on display. The head has been stored ready to be collected by the artist. It is accepted that works may not be displayed in the way that the artist might have intended."

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