Time May Not Be On Our Side
Part A. (Refer Notes)
Canvas board-assemblage: gold paper stars, sink plug & chain, acrylic painted canvas board.
11″ x 14″ x ¼”
A. Recipient: Dr. Stephen Hawking’s, Physicist, Centre Theoretical Cosmology, Cambridge University, United Kingdom.
In appreciation of Stephen Hawking’s study of the universe and black holes. This artwork by Robert Hauser was completed as a gift for his many celestial contributions. The intent of this whimsical and mischievous exercise was to demonstrate without a shred of evidence that a sink drain plug could successfully seal a black hole. Depending on the custom size needed the sink plug would be applied using the existing gravitational pull of the black hole. Once installed the black hole would never again be vacuuming up the universe.
B. The back or verso of the work of art contains the artist’s signature, year, the back of the secured drain plug, copies of book covers from four published works by S. Hawking’s and additional text by the artist. The content can be viewed in Frame Series One. On November 9, 2015 the boxed artwork with letter was sent “Priority Mail” to Stephen Hawking’s by the U.S. Postal Service, Peterborough, N.H. 03458.
C. The mailed brown paper wrapped corrugated parcel arrived at the Cambridge, U.K. Depot on November 16, 2015. The parcel was received damaged with oil like staining along the bottom margins of the parcel. This damage meant the parcel couldn’t be claimed by Cambridge University. Therefore, the U.K. Depot and Customs on December 21, 2015 mailed back the parcel. On January 7, 2016 the parcel reached New York City and on February 13, 2016 it arrived at the Peterborough, N.H. Post Office.
Upon my opening the parcel I found the artwork wasn’t damaged. On October 18, 2016 I wrote Stephen Hawking’s with photographs of the artwork and the parcel’s front multi labelled corrugated cover ( 14 x 18 x 1/8”) explaining why the parcel couldn’t be claimed by Cambridge, University. I offered with his approval to send the artwork again. However, for security reasons his staff are cautious when accepting letters or parcels from unknown persons. The gift of the artwork may not happen since time may not be on our side! Robert Hauser, August, 2017