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By balancing a lead weight of four pounds with a stack of paper, Craig-Martin upsets our visual expectations, since we instinctively associate paper with lightness and lead with density. The paper consists of just over 40 thick sheets, each of which bears an identical lithographic print depicting the lead weight. ‘Art always involves looking at something familiar as though it were unfamiliar’, Craig- Martin has said. ‘It doesn’t invent anything: everything that art deals with is around.’

April 2005