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Lift by Maurizio Cattelan

Maurizio Cattelan (b. 1960)


Stainless steel, wood, electric motor, electric bell, electronic control device, incandescent and LED lights and plastic elevators: 13¾ x 23 3/8 in. (34.9 x 59.3 cm.) overall: 23 9/16 x 33 5/8 x 18 7/8 in. (59.8 x 85.4 x 47.9 cm.) Executed in 2001

Imagine elevators that no human can fit into. At first glance, it might not seem like the most practical invention ever devised, but that is only because Lift by Maurizio Cattelan is a miniature art exhibit and not a creation designed to serve as functional inter-building transportation. Although the two tiny elevators don’t actually move vertically, they do have doors that open and close as normal. On top of that, they also emit scaled-down versions of the sounds that you would hear from normal elevators.

It came to my mind that Maurizio Cattelan, an artist who possesses a really great sense of humor and irony, mainly created this work (in 10 copies) to amuse people. The lifts, however, go to nowhere and Maurizio’s second thought was may be to suggest us contemplating on the question where are we all going?

I would include these miniature elevators into the Location exhibition as here the elevators do not only represent a physical space unsuitable for  us but also question our existential direction.

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