LONDON///DOING CRACK AT THE TATE MODERN…

November 4, 2007  |  Uncategorized

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A lot of strange art has passed through the walls of the UK's high temple of contemporary vision, the TATE MODERN, but Colombian artist DORIS SALCEDO's newest installation, a 548 foot long crack in the gallery's main entrance hall titled "Shibboleth" raises the bar. Created by opening the concrete floor and inserting the cast texture of a rock wall from her native Colombia, the giant fissure begins as a hairline crack and widens to a span of several inches as it snakes through the grand lobby of the former industrial space. At a depth of three feet at its widest point, the crack, which is a permanent addition to the musuem, has already claimed a few casualties as several people have tripped and fallen into the gash, prompting the museum to post warning signs and extra security personnel to warn visitors of the imminent danger of conceptual art. According to the artist, the piece is intended to symbolize racial division and a gap in equality among nations. HAVE A LOOK:

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