In the UK, residences of cultural notables are commemorated with "blue plaques," indicating where a famous departed playwright, sculptor, poet, architect, scientist lived or worked. In 1991, British artist Gavin Turk decided to riff off the idea for a student show at the Royal School of Art entitled "Cave," featuring an all-white room containing nothing but a plaque declaring his immortality as a sculptor. He earned a failing grade for his project, but famed art collector Charles Saatchi saw his potential and the rest is history. Turk has since created a limited-edition Cave Rug for contemporary rug maker Christopher Farr, who is known for his collaborations with artists.
October 31, 2011 1:24 PM