compacted earth
approx 120 x 120 x 120cm

The law of Superposition states that in any undisturbed mass of earth the oldest layers will be at the bottom and the newest at the top. This broad method of analysis has long been used by geologists to judge the relative age of rock formations leading to the identification of geological time periods. In the process of creating One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Six Years, earth taken from the close to the surface of a nearby excavation has been placed at the bottom of a mould and the deeper older earth from the bottom has been placed on top. In this way the piece takes the law of Superposition and reverses it to reveal the deepest layers of the earth beneath our feet at the top of its clear geometric form.

One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Six Years is an artwork produced and commissioned by the other art network.