Janine Antoni

and, 1996-99

Two 800 lb. limestone boulders, steel rod and base

164 x 48 x 48 inches (416.6 x 121.9 x 121.9 cm)

Courtesy of Art Institute of Chicago

Photographed by Larry Lamay, 1999


and is a sculpture consisting of two 800 lb. limestone boulders placed on top of one another with a steel pole acting as a central axle. A second pole was then inserted into the top rock, parallel to the ground, similar to a mill. With great effort, Antoni then pushed the pole in a circle for five hours a day, over a 6-week period. The two stones resisted and gave into one another as she worked. She stopped grinding when a nuanced and complex relationship was established between the two forms.