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Birth-day charts the 100,000 lives that come into being over the period of 12 hours on the planet. I drew a circle for every life born in a waking day.
I find it interesting that we use numbers to quantify things yet once we pass a certain amount, scale slips away and it becomes
incomprehensible. I wanted to understand what a 100,000 physically was –
and for me that entailed marking out that number in pen. I soon
realised the enormity of such a task – I hoped to keep up with 100,000
births over 12 hour ratio but within the first ten minutes I knew it was
useless. As two children are born every second the hand cannot mark the
In total it took over a month to chart one day of births.
On completion I also realised wanted to create the works opposite number – the amount of deaths within 12 hours. These are to be black circles
on white – and there will be 70,000 of them.
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