Technique and condition

In an artist interview in May 2003 Craig-Martin noted that the piece consists of two units; the object and the text. The object, a Duralex glass filled with water, is placed in the centre of a glass shelf and the text is printed in red on a white background.

The shelf is displayed ideally at 253cm and is attached to the wall with brackets that have been painted matt grey. The printed text is mounted on the wall to the left and beneath the shelf with a sheet of glass and four bolts. Craig-Martin has specified how much water should be used to fill the glass and the ideal water level should be maintained during display.

The work is currently in good condition but should the brackets become further scratched due to being screwed to the wall for each display, Craig-Martin is happy for these to be re-sprayed with pale grey paint. In the interview Craig-Martin also stressed that there are some things that age gracefully whilst other things should be replaced. He would therefore prefer that the standard glass and shelf were replaced if they no longer appeared pristine.

Bryony Bery
June 2005