Saturday, December 30, 2006

500 voluntiers for something...

When Faith Moves Mountains (2002)
A Project for Geological Displacement. A project by Francis Alÿs, collaborating with Rafael Ortega and Cuauhtémoc Medina. On April 11th 2002, 500 voluntiers were called in order to form a line to move a sand dune situated in the surroundings of the city of Lima. This human comb progressed pushing forward a certain quantity of sand with shovels in order to move the dune from its original position. The actual displacement was of an infinitesimal proportion, but not its metaphorical resonance.
Francis Alÿs
Born 1959, Antwerp (Belgium).
Lives in Mexico City

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