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Edgar Allan Poe Proposal
Edgar Allan Poe Proposal

2012

Proposal for a Public Artwork dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe, A Collaboration with Robert Olson

Poe and a shrouded female figure, who represents the women in his life and the female characters in his writing are raised above a stone base allowing them to be seen in their entirety from a distance while providing a context in which to reveal the complexity of Poe’s artistry through the experience of the artwork.

The base embodies the tradition of commemoration and is formed of pairs of pillars that lean precariously against one another. Within the pillars is contained a space, evocative of funerary monuments, which holds a portion of the shroud descending from above and presenting a puzzle to which Poe points and in which his words as a critic are hidden.