May 8, 2019

Laments: Death came and he looked like... (Sarcophagus coffin)

Laments: Death came and he looked like... (Sarcophagus coffin)


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Jenny Holzer

(American, b.1950)


45.7 x 61 x 137.2 cm (18 x 24 x 54 in.)

Purchased with funds donated by Scott Mueller 2019.19.1.a


Did you know?

The same text is displayed in motion on the LED sign and static on the surface of the sarcophagus.


Laments: Death came and he looked like… belongs to one of Jenny Holzer’s iconic sculpture series, the Laments. A response to the AIDS epidemic, the series is based on 13 texts written by Holzer, which she has described as “voices of the dead.” Each text was manifested in two forms: as colored light flowing between the ceiling and floor on LED signs, and as engravings carved into the tops of sarcophagi made of different stones. This work is one of those pairings.

See also
CONTEMP - Sculpture
Contemporary Art
Type of artwork: 
Mixed Media

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