Open Secret, artists' book / object / sculpture, 27 x 61 x 80 cm. /10.6 x 24 x 31.5 inches, edition of 31 sculptures in 4 materials: 3 were made in stainless steel, 3 in grey cardboard, 10 in bronze and 15 in brass, signed and numbered, 2004
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Each sculpture, designed by the artist, contains a portfolio of poems handwritten by Hans Magnus Enzensberger in English and in German and a handwritten passage by Anthony Caro from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. The pages of the portfolio were printed on handmade paper from Japan. Each sculpture’s portfolio was printed in a different colour of ink (silver, light brown, dark brown and black respectively). Each sculpture is wrapped in black silk that has been printed by silkscreen by Nicola Killeen for Open Secret.
Anthony Caro was responsible for the concept and design of the piece and Elena Ochoa Foster directed the edition. The metal sculptures were made by John Roake and Roberto Travaglia, and the grey cardboard sculptures were made by Gary Kugele. The portfolio pages were printed by Francis Atterbury. Each portfolio was handmade by Alison Strachen and was signed and numbered by Anthony Caro and Hans Magnus Enzensberger.