One Lifetime: Count from 1 to 5.6m

Juxtapoz // Thursday, 15 Sep 2011
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In 1965, artist Roman Opalka started counting, starting at 1, across a large canvas, hoping to reach infinity. On August 6, 2011, Opalka got to the end of his last canvas, reaching a count of 5,607,249. He started in the very-most top left-hand corner and ended in the bottom right corner of each canvas and piece of paper he worked on.

In the end, he called the process the β€œthe finite defined by the nonfinite.” On Roman's Wiki page, it states, "All details have the same title, 1965 / 1 – ?"; the concept had no end, and the artist pledged his life to its execution: 'All my work is a single thing, the description from number one to infinity. A single thing, a single life.'"


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