Let the Tremendous Weight of Guilt be Lifted off Your Shoulders

Let the Tremendous Weight of Guilt be Lifted off Your Shoulders: Installation View

Let the Tremendous Weight of Guilt be Lifted off Your Shoulders: Installation View

guillotine, windmill (wood, metal, plastic) / 12′ x 8′ x 4′ / 2008

A full-size, fully operational re-creation of the 1792 model guillotine, connected to a functional windmill mounted outside of the gallery where the guillotine is installed. The windmill’s power is transferred through the gallery window to the guillotine. A system of pulleys and gears cyclically ratchets the blade into place, then drops it from an appropriate height.

Let the Tremendous Weight of Guilt be Lifted off Your Shoulders: Detail

Let the Tremendous Weight of Guilt be Lifted off Your Shoulders: Detail

Let the Tremendous Weight of Guilt be Lifted off Your Shoulders: Mechanical Detail

Let the Tremendous Weight of Guilt be Lifted off Your Shoulders: Mechanical Detail

Let the Tremendous Weight of Guilt be Lifted off Your Shoulders: Mechanical Detail

Let the Tremendous Weight of Guilt be Lifted off Your Shoulders: Mechanical Detail

Let the Tremendous Weight of Guilt be Lifted off Your Shoulders: Mechanical Detail

Let the Tremendous Weight of Guilt be Lifted off Your Shoulders: Mechanical Detail