Feather from Benjamin Franklin’s Attic
About the work
Cornelia Parker's "Feather from Benjamin Franklin's Attic" is a beautiful image in itself and points to wider concepts of time and place. Parker found the pigeon feather which is the subject of this photograph in the attic of Benjamin Franklin's house in London, where he stayed as American Ambassador. Like the house it came from, the feather is almost a relic, providing an entry point for us into the life of such a prominent historical figure. Parker was drawn to Franklin not only by his political activity, but also by his scientific interests.
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