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Table with Accumulator 1958-85

 

Wood, accumulator, clay and wire

In this work, an accumulator, a kind of rechargeable battery in which energy can be stored, it's attached by wires to two pieces of clay, as if drawing power from the earth itself.
For Beuys, the production and storage of energy was a metaphor for the creative and spiritual energy that he wanted to foster both in the individual viewer and in society as whole. This was one of the work that Beuys included in the 1982 Zeitgeist exhibition, accompanying the various elements of Lighting with Stag in its Glare.

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