Figura Magica

A 6-ton magnet going around the world: German artist Bodo Berheide (b. 1944) sent a 5 metres long, 90 centimetre wide, and 40 centimetres tall magnet on a ship from Germany and around the world. The trip took 18 years, and the magnet docked in the following cities: Dublin in Ireland, Montreal in Canada, Betthany in West Virginia, Matagalpa in Nicaragua, Santiago in Chile, Sydney in Australia, Ohmishima in Japan (including an exhibition in Tokyo), Negombo in Sri Lanka, and finally ending up in Nomé in Togo, West Africa in 2007. This is mail art on a whole new level (also check out Berheide’s other “between the poles” project). The magnet should recharge in every harbour.

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