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Perforation image from Serif Art Gallery. © Serif Inc, 1996

Valira Torrent - bulletin of the Andorran Philatelic Study Circle. Issue 38, pp6-7 (Nov 1993).

Storm in a Teacup

Note
English sources give the title as "Storm in a Teacup" by allusion to the popular saying meaning a lot of fuss about very little. The sculptor advises that the title should be "Tempest in a Teacup".

Storm in a Teacup This is another of the sculptures erected in Andorra to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Bureau of Social Security. It is by the American, Dennis Oppenheim, and is featured on the 5f stamp released on l4th November, 1992. Oppenheim does not define himself as a sculptor, but rather as a researcher in perpetual evolution. His works come about as a result of "come and go" between the original idea and the shape of the object. For him, art is not in the work but in the motivations. of the artist. The structures he creates must therefore permit the circulation of thought or energy. His work "Storm in a Teacup" illustrates his iconoclastic spirit. Here is a big problem in a small context, i.e. - the La Massana valley. The object gives the impression of being about to pour its contents into the valley.

Perhaps I will leave the last word on this subject to the Editor of "Themescene", the Journal of the British Thematic Association. In issue No.31 she writes "It is an astonishing sight to come upon when driving along the hair-raising Pyrenean mountain passes. Suddenly - a cup and saucer - not something you normally find on top of a mountain!""

Editor's note: The above notes were compiled by David Hope. The sculpture is, in fact, positioned so that the cup would pour its contents into the Coma de Seturia, which drains not to the La Massana valley but to the Os valley, an even smaller context. The title could perhaps allude to the legendary battle said to have taken place for sovereignty over this small patch of grazing land.

Bureau of Social Security - 25 years

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