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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, January 13, 2004
    Caledonian culture-JAMMing
    Paul has waxed eloquently about Bill Drummond recently and an exchange of emails on the subject of that maverick Caledonian culture-JAMMer prompted me to revisit Drummond's website penkiln-burn.

    There I discovered more about the Drummond artwork which I own: a 1/20,000th fraction of the Richard Long photograph A Smell of Sulphur in the Wind. As I outlined in a blog last April, Drummond got fed up of this picture, which had cost him $20,000, took it on a nationwide tour but failed to flog it to anyone, so sliced it into 20,000 small rectangles with a Stanley knife and is in the process of selling each piece off for a dollar each. This 'job', as he calls it, is entitled A Smell of Money Underground and I have a piece of it, mounted on a warranty card signed by Drummond. When he's gathered all the money together he'll take it to the location in Iceland where Long took the picture, and bury it there.

    Today I discovered a tricky feature on Bill's website whereby "buyers can locate the original position of their particular fragment (roughly)". If you can make out a tiny red rectangle on the pic above... that's the bit I've got.