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Miroslaw Balka

(Poland 1958 – )

Entering paradise

Location
Not on display
Further information

Eden not lost, yet
Eden, not yet lost
entering Eden
entering Paradise

on a sunny day in Santa Monica
Sunday the 6th of April 2003

on the corner of Bay and Main
on the sidewalk in front of Pandemic
on the beaches facing the Pacific Ocean
on the parking lot below palm trees
on the stairs near the chess players

we asked 12 (twelve) homeless men
for their footprints.

We offered to pay them.
They accepted.

They took off their shoes
tired, dirty, stinking, full of pain
their feet
touched the shining copper plates
their feet
rocked back and forth
leaving an impression.

For one afternoon they entered Paradise
(booze, grub, booze).

A refreshing breeze came from the ocean.

Miroslaw Balka

Year
2003
Media
Print
Medium
boxed portfolio of 14 etchings and text printed on Gampi and Rives de Lin paper
Dimensions
14 etchings: each approx 39.4 x 38.0 cm sheet :
a-l - footprints 1-12; 18.8 x 20 cm; platemark, each print
a-l - footprints 1-12; 39.4 x 38 cm; sheet, each print
m - tree and torso; 19.9 x 18.8 cm; platemark
m - tree and torso; 39.2 x 38 cm; sheet
n - orange peel/intestine; 18.6 x 20 cm; platemark
n - orange peel/intestine; 39.4 x 37.8 cm; sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r.corner each sheet, pencil "MBalka". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 2004
Accession number
178.2004.a-n
Copyright
© Miroslaw Balka