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RONI HORN

IN 1980 I WANTED a closer relationship to the sun, and to get that I decided to make a gold field. I found an engineer at Engelhard Precious Metals in Massachusetts who helped me figure out how to produce a gold mat of four by five feet. It needed to be as thin as possible. It needed to hold together as an object, and it needed to be one hundred percent pure gold. This meant no glue. We came up with a thickness of six ten-thousandths of an inch, which is considerably thinner than a human hair. I was happy about this because it made the object pretty much all surface. We figured out that the gold had to be specially annealed (a cooling process that makes the metal softer and stress-free) so that when it was hammered flat it would stick to itself (“compression welding”). I received a three-inch-wide roll of gold via FedEx, which was supposed to be something like seventy feet long

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