Laments: Death came and he looked like...

Laments: Death came and he looked like...

1987

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Jenny Holzer

(American, 1950-)

L.E.D. sign, marble

325.1 x 24.1 x 13.3 cm (128 x 9 1/2 x 5 1/4 in.); 45.7 x 61 x 137.2 cm (18 x 24 x 54 in.)

Purchased with funds donated by Scott Mueller 2019.19

Fun Fact

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

Description

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.

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