Six Kilograms

2012 ArtPrize Entry
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I will construct a memorial cairn to honor the men and women of the U.S. military who have died in The Iraq War. The memorial will consist of 4,486 stones, each representing one lost life. This number will be adjusted to reflect any additional loss of life during ArtPrize. I will work with stones because of their traditional use in the building of memorial cairns. Historically, a stone also refers to a unit of weight equivalent to approximately six kilograms, hence the title of my work. The construction process will be intuitive in nature, responding to the space provided and to the interaction of the stones. The structure of the memorial cairn will be determined by its location. Ideally, a partially enclosed interior space (such as a small room) will emphasize the scale of the structure, which is an important consideration in conveying the sheer number of war-related deaths. In the event that an interior space is not available, the cairn can be built in an open exterior space.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: variable
  • Medium: Stones
  • Width: variable
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: variable

Venue & Connection Information

The size of the finished piece is difficult to determine in advance, but adjustments can be made in the construction process to accommodate the space. As noted above, I desire a small room that can be looked into or that allows a walkway around the cairn. Ideally, I imagine a room filled with stones, the pile taking on it's own shape but bound by the walls of the room. If this is not possible, I can shape the structure with more intention in a prescribed space on the floor. Clearly this piece will be heavy, and so the load-bearing capacity of the floor on which it is constructed must be considered. I would ideally like to use stones that are approximately the size of a human heart or a large fist, but if total weight presents issues or concerns, I can adjust the size of the stones and/or expand the area of the base to distribute the weight over a larger area. I am conducting research to help approximate total weight. Stone transport and the installation process will likely be lengthy.

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: Yes
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: No
  • Outdoor Space needed: Yes
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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