Lawrence Weiner’s first-ever work in a public marketplace will be on display in Barcelona’s Santa Caterina Market for the next twelve months, through 2013. Initiated by the ArtAids Foundation, the sculptural bench, entitled FOREVER & A DAY, will serve two functions; as an open air resting place, and a tool to raise awareness of AIDS and counter the stigma it carries. Weiner has devised the bench in the shape of an ellipse, with a two metre high triangular structure rising from its centre, inscribed on its three sides in Spanish, Catalan, and English; ‘FOREVER & A DAY. PLACED UPON THE SAME PLACE AS ITSELF’. Weiner combines the sculpture with the text as a way of expressing the fact that there is no logic whatsoever in exclusion.
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