Last night at Late Night Leaves the Lehman Loeb, we made impressions of Jenny Holzer’s sculptural installation, For Elizabeth. Did you miss it? It’s alright. You can still make your own rubbing. Here’s how:
- For Elizabeth (or another Jenny Holzer installation, perhaps at Grinnell College, University of Southern California, or the United States Court House and Federal Building in Sacramento, California)
- crayons, paper wrapper removed
- tracing paper
- painter’s tape
Step One: Consider the text. Select a passage that speaks to you. You may wish to reproduce the whole poem or just selected phrases.
Step Two: Cut your tracing paper. (Note: Individual benches in For Elizabeth are 60 x 24 inches)
Step Three: Tape the paper to the bench so it doesn’t move when you make your impression.
Step Four: Rub your crayon over the bench until you achieve your desired effect.
Step Five: Remove paper and tape.
Step Six: Display your impression proudly.