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A Day Down a Goldmine

© George Wyllie Estate. Photo credit: The George Wyllie Foundation

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'A Day Down a Goldmine' was a performance and installation first presented at the Third Eye in Glasgow. The concept was, in its simplest form, man’s misguided search for power through the possession of wealth. Written in Greece, it referenced Wyllie’s fascination for ancient mythology through the introduction of the greatest invented gods, Tresticles, who went one better, symbolised by three golden balls lying at the base of a rampant column, sited at Delos, Valhalla of Bank Clerks. At the entrance, he posted the warning: 'Be Suspicious!' but in order to enhance his overall message, he and actor Russell Hunter devised a performance to better explain such exhibits as the 'Machine for the Equal Distribution of Wealth' complete with a spanner in its works.

The George Wyllie Archive

Edinburgh


Date

1982

Medium

screenprint

Measurements

H 76 x W 56 cm

Accession number

gw2110

Work type

Painting


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The George Wyllie Archive

Edinburgh, Edinburgh Scotland

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