Paul Ramírez Jonas
Artist in the Public Realm

Luna de Papel (Yo creo como hablo), 2009



    MATERIALS: 374 sheets of office paper, inkjet ink, music stand, amp, and microphone, incantation  Yo Creo Como Hablo.
Optional materials: the public's voice.

    This is the version of the paper moon was made for Venice. The sentence I create as I speak is repeated over and over again, in a 374 page-long text. The sentence is written in such a way that when the pages are all pinned to the wall they form a twenty-foot image of the moon. One page, a fragment of the image, is removed from the wall and deposited on a lectern. The public is invited to read this piece of the moon (out loud or to themselves). The incantation I create as I speak is either the ultimate act of hubris, or it represents belief in our capacity to create.