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A copper waste basket by Lawrence Weiner.


Lawrence Weiner: ‘There Are Times When the Only Sense of Accomplishment in a Day Is the Amount of Debris that Accrues’


IT HOLDS A clear reference to the “sword in the stone” legend of Camelot: the copper basket normally resides in its female “cradle” – Mother Earth – a permanently-affixed larger cone hovering in an asymmetric white Carrera marble base.

In Arthurian romance, King Arthur obtained the throne by pulling the mystic sword from an unyielding magical stone. In this metaphoric object by the American conceptual word artist Lawrence Weiner, the act of creation cannot be performed except by “a true king or queen,” each of whom possesses the divine gift of being able to attain poetic beauty – but who ultimately realizes that they must begin with uninspired, prosaic attempts or even failures.

Manufacturer:  MEMPHIS Milano srl, Milan, Italy

Collection:     Collezione META, 1989
Edition:          Limited edition of 25 units
Dimensions:  59 x 32 x 21 cm


Keith Rennie Johnson is the President and Director of Urban Architecture, Inc., in Brooklyn, NY. The gallery features important twentieth century visual and avant-garde decorative art and for 20 years has been the leading US dealer for Memphis Milano and Museo Alchimia.

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