A Commemorative Coin To Travel The Length Of A Marathon Through My Digestive Tract (33/4,576)

Mike Rubin's avatar Mike Rubin
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The object is formed using a lifelong process that makes use of the body's digestive system as a sculptural apparatus. Over the past three years I have cyclicly swallowed and digested a single commemorative coin thirty three times to date. Alongside the physically accrued marks made with each pass, The Coin (a term I use in the absence of correctly defining such a thing) becomes more and more precious as a result of it's repeatedly intimate passage through my body. As an open pipe of plumbing, ass-to-mouth, The Coin is perpetually “outside” my body, never permeating through membrane nor tissue, as to be considered “penetration.” Considering this negative channel that runs throughout, the body can be understood as a torus - I am a doughnut.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 0.955 IN (diameter)
  • Medium: 2009 gold plated quarter, stomach acid patina
  • Width: 0.955 IN (diameter)
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 0.069 IN (thick)