"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.

"In the poem there are a number of questions that are addressed to the president. And the poem was a live question in the church. The Church is much invoked recently, so we put this question in the center, dead center, of the sanctuary. This church, like many, is symmetrical. The axes are important. We put this in the middle because the questions are central."

- Jenny Holzer