The Extended Shadow

Shirazeh Houshiary (1955 - )

Lead and gold leaf

1994

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  • About the work
    Location
    Country: France
    City: Paris
    Place: British Embassy

    "The Extended Shadow" stands in the garden of the official residence of the British Ambassador in Paris. The four-metre high column consists of a stack of cast-lead heptagons, each twisted slightly to give the impression of a spiral. The number 7 (symbolised by the heptagon) is considered sacred in many traditions. Houshiary here emphasises the number symbolism by "squaring" the heptagon, repeating it forty-nine times in its vertical dimension until a full circle has been completed. As the stack appears to twist, seven gold lines emerge, produced from the under and upper sides of the heptagons.

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  • Details
    Title
    The Extended Shadow
    Date
    1994
    Medium
    Lead and gold leaf
    Dimensions
    height: 400.00 cm, width: 100.00 cm, depth: 100.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Lisson Gallery, March 1998
    Provenance
    Lisson Gallery, London
    GAC number
    17315