Lawrence Weiner
A CAIRN DISPERSED TO AVOID THE PERILS OF THE TIDE AT THE LEVEL OF THE SEA

Image of the titular phrase installed as vinyl lettering on a gallery wall. All the vinyl is black except for the workds AT THE LEVEL OF THE SEA which are in mirror vinyl outlined with blue

Lawrence Weiner, A CAIRN DISPERSED TO AVOID THE PERILS OF THE TIDE AT THE LEVEL OF THE SEA, 2008. LANGUAGE+THE MATERIALS REFERRED TO. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.

Cairn, n.

1. A pyramid of rough stones, raised for a memorial or mark of some kind:

a. as a memorial of some event, or a sepulchral monument over the grave of some person of distinction. Hence, to add a stone to any one’s cairn.

b. as a boundary-mark, a landmark on a mountain top or some prominent point…

c. A mere pile of stones.
“Cairn, n.”. OED Online. September 2015. Oxford University Press.

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