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Cornelia Parker
Loadstone (Elegy for an English Country Graveyard)
Medium: Blue lias stone
Year made: 2008
Cornelia Parker OBE, RA, came to public attention when shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1997 for Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View. The installation involved Parker blowing up a garden shed, with the help of the British Army, and suspending the fragments around a single light, as if the explosion process were suspended in time. Loadstone Elegy for an English Country Graveyard) consists of a slab of local Blue Lias stone onto which Parker has carved Poet Laureate Philip Larkin’s famous verse. The work was first exhibited in Frome, Somerset where it was installed on the external wall of the Old Church School. Parker’s work is both a public provocation, in her term’s ‘a non-conformist memorial’ and personal elegy, relating to the death of her parents the year before.
Location: London
Date acquired: 22 October 2008
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