Stairs to Mauthausen

Series of 2: 1997
Flax paper, tea, human hair
10″ x 3.5″ x 3.5″ (closed)


Stairs is from a series of ceiling to floor scrolls about the infamous Staircase of Death in Mauthausen, a WWII concentration camp in Austria. The actual staircase leads out of a large granite quarry upon which prisoners were forced to carry 50 kilo granite pieces on the backs, a labor that killed off most prisoners within several months. Stairs comes in a tea encrusted tube-shaped case, which also functions as a counterweight, hanging at the bottom of the scroll when it is fully extended.