THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON

Thomas Hirschhorn

BORN 1957 | BERN, SWITZERLAND

 




Currently, this work is on view to the public.

Wood-Chain VIII (Pisa Tower),
2004
Wood
117 x 84 x 24 inches
Fractional and promised gift of Beth and Anthony Terrana


Thomas Hirschhorn's Wood-Chain VIII (Pisa Tower) resembles a giant necklace with an attached pendant in the shape of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Made of wood—one of the artist's signature rough and democratic materials—the piece juxtaposes incongruous symbols of architecture and globalization, such as a tourist souvenir trinket of the Pisa Tower and flashy hip-hop "bling" jewelry. Reflecting the artist's preoccupation with dystopian conflicts of globalization, the base of the pendant reads "Utopia, Utopia, One World, One War, One Army, One Dress," which was also the title of Hirschhorn's acclaimed 2005 ICA exhibition.

 


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