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Ottmar Hoerl - A Hen That Lays Golden Eggs -gold-

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Artist: Ottmar Hoerl
Title: A Hen That Lays Golden Eggs -gold-
Year: 2007
Material: Cast plastic, spray painted, engraved signature
Edition: unlimited
Dimensions (HxWxD): 49 x 21 x 39 cm
Product Code: HOR-009-GO
Shipment: Shipping cost is calculated during checkout.

A hen that lays golden eggs should not be killed: 'If you look at the 300 hens and the golden eggs placed with them, they symbolize the diversity of creative people, creative processes, or experimental ventures that can distinguish a region or country. In social systems they usually encounter the problem of skepticism. That is because new ideas, inventions, and nonconformists thoughts, even when in a second step they represent an improvement over the current situation, weigh on our fear of change. Majority relationships, licensing procedures, necessary securities for getting a loan, or in general the support of the system are rare or are granted only under provisions. 'The title of my installation in the Baden-Wuertembergische Bank in Stuttgart (Germany) refers to this phenomenon. Namely, that the hens that lay golden eggs for the system in general can at times, regrettably, be killed at the outset. One hears of suggestions for improvements that were smiled at condescendingly, ideas that could not be financed for lack of securities, new forms of creativity that were not understood, or knowledge that remained without consequences. Naturally every system has to evaluate and sift out innovations. The danger is always when the mash of the sieve is too fine, with the result that the innovations have to take place in other countries. This results in uncertainty for the future of any system. Perhaps Theodor Fontane's fable, from which the prover and hence my title derive, has to be reinterpreted: among the hens who would like to lay golden eggs there are a few who actually can. Supporting them, rather than slaughtering them, truly amounts to finding a treasure - for the whole social system.'

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