2008. 7,000 stones, paint, varnish, roadside sign.
Cohen Gallery, Alfred, New York
7,000 stones collected from within 3 miles of Alfred, New York were hand-numbered from 1 to 7000. Visitors to the exhibition were invited to take the stones home with them. The remaining stones were returned to their place of origin, waiting to be discovered by walkers.
This piece was made in response to the story of a local museum whose collection of hundreds of thousands of artefacts was lost, stolen and sold over the course of 100 years and is now dispersed across the country and in the attics and memories of local people. The only evidence of the objects once having once been part of a collection is a tiny, hand-painted acquisition number.
Please see http://www.alfreddiary.blogspot.com for stories from my time in Upstate New York.