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Indestructible Object

Monday, December 27, 2010

The original “Object to Be Destroyed” was originally intended to be a silent witness in Man Ray’s studio to watch him paint.  Then in 1932 his lover left him, so came the 2nd version with a photo of her eye and these instructions:

“Cut out the eye from a photograph of one who has been loved but is seen no more.  Attach the eye to the pendulum of a metronome and regulate the weight to suit the tempo desired.  Keep going to the limit of endurance.  With a hammer well-aimed, try to destroy the whole at a single blow.”

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