"President" (2004)

"President," 2004
Red pine log branded with text. Installation view: Johanniterkirche, Feldkirch, Austria.
Text: “To the Forty-third President” from “BLACKBIRD AND WOLF” by Henri Cole. Copyright © 2007 by Henri Cole, used by/reprinted with permission from Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. Photo by Attilio Maranzano, © 2007 Jenny Holzer, member Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

"I was invited to see what would make sense to put in the middle of an abandoned church in Austria. And Henri Cole’s poem, 'To the 43rd President,' burned into a tree seemed right at the time. I’m reluctant to characterize someone else’s poem, but it seemed something between a prayer and a reproach."

- Jenny Holzer