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March 31, 2005

more from the Lerner Gates underground

Originally uploaded by GatesMemoryProject.

I just had a brief email exchange with the mysterious authors of the Lerner Hall jape. I asked them how they got the idea. Like the prank itself, it was quite simple:

"We just sat around, and one of us (who had not left campus in a while and lamented the fact that they had not seen the gates) had the idea of doing it for the senior prank. Other than that, we got some orange tarps, some dowels, and some shower hooks, along with some structural planning and design, and that was it. Fin."

Posted by ben vershbow at March 31, 2005 12:16 AM


I have been reading up recently on Carl Andre and his installation(s) at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa. This image reminds me of Andre's obsession with text in grids, as endless lists, checkerboards patterns, all with hand-hewn typed words stacked in columns like bricks or propped up timbers. Brings to mind all of the mundane tasks of being a student and ploughing through assignments and endless writing tasks. I also love the orange pulse or flutter within the minimalist grid - caged by the Columbia pranksters at the height of academic cabin fever.

Posted by: abigail doan at March 31, 2005 12:17 PM

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