millstone, iron, paint
The stands densely hung with iron chains in the middle of the clutter in an Italian scrap merchant yard inevitably drew the eye of the inveterate collector Daniel Spoerri, not least because here was a collection that had come together over the course of many, many years. The heavy object was transported, just as it was, to the Giardino and put back together in its original state outside Spoerri’s studio, where there was already a collection point for horseshoes, which can be found frequently on that piece of land. Combined with these, the »Christmas tree«, as Daniel Spoerri called it then, in honour of the date it was erected, was reminiscent of a chieftain or a medicine man decorated with fetishes, but on the other hand there are echoes of Arman’s mighty tower of ploughs and hay tedders, which rises up from the ground some distance away, but in the line of sight. Possibly in order to make a clear demarcation between the two, Spoerri had the »Chain Heap« painted grey.