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26°57.3’N, 142°16.8’E
  • Veronika Schäpers, artist
    born 1969
    born: Gescher or Coesfeld, Westphalia, Germany
    Durs Grünbein, author
    born 1962
    born: Dresden, German Democratic Republic (present-day Germany)
  • 26°57.3’N, 142°16.8’E, 2007
  • Where object was made: Tokyo, Japan
  • letterpress, relief (polymer clichés and vinyl mats in blue, grey and black)
  • Paper Type: Toshaban-Genshi
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: portfolio box 473 x 260 x 29 mm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: portfolio box 18 5/8 x 10 1/4 x 1 1/8 in
  • Museum purchase: R. Charles and Mary Margaret Clevenger Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0019

Traditionally bound book in tall vertical format, with parchment covers of translucent cream over a cover sheet with a cream-black gradient. Front and back covers seal together with a magnetic strip. Tissue thin interior pages feature tonal gradients of cream, black and blues, interspersed with text and mechanical drawings.

Object specifications/Colophon material:

3 poems by Durs Grünbein.
Translation into Japanese by Yuji Nawata.
Letterpress-Print in German and Japanese by polymer clichés and vinyl mats in blue, grey and black.
Printed on 50-year-old Toshaban-Genshi-paper.
Illustrated with nautical charts and data on the Architeuthis, provided by Tsunemi Kubodera at the National Museum of Science, Tokyo.
Flexible cover made of clear vellum embossed in black.
46 pages.