Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Nothingness and Gold

Yves Klein - Nice, France.

Famous for his 'blue'
Klein begins using gold leaf

He gets the gold for the gold leaf by
selling empty spaces as works of art

The purchasers buy
nothingness with gold

In return they get
a signed certificate of ownership

Klein meets buyers
by the River Seine

But only those prepared
to burn their certificate

They burn brightly and Klein
throws half the gold into the Seine

With the rest of the gold
he makes gold leaf

Paul Conneally

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