ERIC OWEN MOSS
"Caterpillar"

This project explores the relationship between image and word through the physical form of language. A 36' long, walk-through "caterpillar," made from a see-through cardboard honeycomb stretched between four solid cardboard ribs, twists and snakes around structural elements in the gallery. The ribs are set at different heights, reaching a maximum height of 16', with a plywood platform sloping up and down through the architectural structure. Underneath each rib, set into the raised plywood floor, is one of the small cylinder seals from LACMA's permanent collection housed in lighted mirror bowls. The images produced by the seals are enlarged and printed on the first and last ribs, extending onto the galley floor. Seen from the outside, the legs of the visitors inside become the legs of the caterpillar, animating the structure.

LACMA objects:

Cylinder Seal
Iran, Mesopotamia, or Syria, c. 3300–2900 B.C.
Black serpentine
Gift of Nasli M. Heeramaneck
Photo ©2001 Museum Associates/LACMA
M.76.174.313

Cylinder Seal
Iran, Mesopotamia, or Syria, c.
3300–2900 B.C.
Gray serpentine
Gift of Nasli M. Heeramaneck
Photo ©2001 Museum Associates/LACMA
M.76.174.319

Cylinder Seal
Iran, first millennium B.C.
Black serpentine
Gift of Nasli M. Heeramaneck
Photo ©2001 Museum Associates/LACMA
M.76.174.335

Cylinder Seal
Mesopotamia, early dynastic style, c. 2750
2350 B.C.
White marble
Gift of Nasli M. Heeramaneck
Photo ©2001 Museum Associates/LACMA
M.76.174.345
 
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