Walker Art Center

Amerigo Vespucci
2003
Huang Yong Ping, <span class="wac_title">Amerigo Vespucci</span>

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    Huang Yong Ping, Amerigo Vespucci
    An Italian-bred bulldog, the Neapolitan mastiff (mastino napoletano), is used here as a metaphor for Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian who documented the discovery of the American continent and after whom America was named. This bulldog’s urine forms the geographical outline of America in an instantaneous and accidental way. Here the line between the wall and the ground represents the world’s longest straight border (the United States–Canada border). Its fluidity implies extensiveness and overflowingness. It is an example of all “limits” and “borders.” —HYP


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