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Siste Viator (Stop Traveler)

Siste Viator (Stop Traveler)

Allen Ruppersberg Siste Viator (Stop Traveler) 1993 Each book: inscribed with a WWII soldier's name; Bookends, twenty facsimile books and shelf, in twenty-three parts

Overall size:  18 7/8 x 39 3/8 x 6 5/8 inches  (47.9 x 100 x 16.8 cm)
Edition of 50
(Inventory #27442)

“Stop Traveler (Siste Viator)” was conceived for the Sonsbeek international sculpture exhibition, held in Arnhem, The Netherlands, the site of one of World War II’s most important battles. Intended as a “literary memorial” to British, Dutch, Polish, and German war casualties, this project features reprints of books and book covers that could have been read by those killed in battle. For each language, one book was reproduced entirely, while the other copies contain blank pages only. The artist inserted ex libris bookplates inscribed with a WWII soldier/casualty’s name.

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