14 mm, 2011
bronze, magnet, string, 6cmX11cmXheight variable
In Looney Tunes cartoons fictitious company Acme Corporation’s products, which never work as expected or desired, hold a significant corner of the stage. A frequently encountered item by Acme Corporation is the anvil. Anvils in these cartoons usually stir all kinds of trouble for the characters, just as all Acme products do, and usually fall down from the sky unexpectedly and crush one of the characters. The anvils in this narrative are startling; they have an unexpected and almost playful nature. Another emphasized aspect of the anvils is their being very heavy. For some of the children who were introduced to the image of anvil through these cartoons, discovering for what purpose these objects are used in real life comes much later than learning about their function in the fictitious world.
In this piece, anvils are organized in a construct similar to their reality in the cartoons. They appear in a fantastic and playful way. But unlike the falling-from-the-sky, heavy anvils of Looney Tunes cartoons, the anvils of this work are flying and light objects. One of the anvils swings upside down from a rope fixed on the ceiling, while the other rises up from the ground. Both anvils are attracted to each other, due to the magnets concealed within, and they are anchored in the air, 14mm from their reunion. While giving the piece its title, 14mm is also the maximal distance to be allowed between the anvils, in order to keep the bottom anvil levitating in mid-air. Thus the fantastic narrative and the material reality of the object, which abides by the laws of physics, are merged to coexist.