’43x30x2, 43x30x2, 1554x688x10′, 1995-1996. (Single casting of white sand, white cement and white aggregate sculpture installation).
The only outdoor sculpture by Miroslaw Balka in the United States, the Oliver Ranch site-specific sculpture is a footprint of the artist’s childhood home in Poland. It includes his bed and the bed his mother was born in. In each recessed bed-like form, there is a recirculating water pump that runs a stream of water out of the side of the recess and into a hole in the bottom of the bed in a pillow-like form. Using material local to California, the sculpture can truly be called site-specific, while evoking Balka’s highly personal process of examining and experiencing memory and loss. The dimensions of the work are the same as the title of the work in centimeters.