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The horizon is now at the edge of the water [a study for]

Lawrence Weiner
2002

This study relates to a site-specific work by Lawrence Weiner located by the River Irwell in Radcliffe, near Bury. The piece, formerly known as Hull Horizon, was previously located in Hull and formed part of Artranspennine98. When it was threatened with destruction, Bury Council stepped in and re-located the work in Radcliffe as part of Artranspennine03 under its new title The horizon is now at the edge of the water.

Artranspennine03 was a trans-regional exhibition of publicly-sited contemporary art held across the North of England from 23rd May – 16 August 2003. It was curated by Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson and formed the second in the Artranspennine series.

The artist, Lawrence Weiner, was one of the central figures in the formation of international conceptual art in the 1960s. His work often takes the form of typographic texts. In 1968, he sat down to write a declaration of intent:
1. The artist may construct the piece.
2. The piece may be fabricated.
3. The piece need not be built.
Each being equal and consistent with the intent of the artist, the decision as to condition rests with the receiver upon the occasion of receivership.

With this, he delegated the responsibility of artistic interpretation to the viewer, shifting the onus on to the audience. It was his eureka moment, as blatant a description of conceptual art as it is possible to make.