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Title: Protest-Sign Forest

Author: Gyula Pauer [AT]

Year: 1978

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Place where it was made /presented Nagyatád


The “forest” was created at the Artists’ Colony of Nagyatád in 1978. The protest-sign forest boards and their texts formed a plastically and topographically structured order. After several months of work the completed "forest", in an area of about 400 m2, had a lifetime of one single day as within a few days after the artist had left Nagyatád the texts were obliterated by busy hands that splashed mud on the protest-signs, then the protest-signs themselves were cut down and their rumps numbered. Some time after an official art jury arrived to inspect the work but as all they found was a heap of broken protest-signs stored in a shed they refused to pass judgement as to the artistic value of the project, then declared the debris in the shed without artistic value and concluded that no wilful destruction of a work of art had taken place. 

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