“Sink” by William Anastasi, a Quiet Premonition in 1963

I recently was introduced to the work of William Anastasi. There are a few essays about him in the book CHANCE that is of the Documents of Contemporary Art series (2010). This book is a fascinating read for anyone interested in how chance has played a role in contemporary art. Anastasi’s work “Sink” from the 1960s is just fantastic. It is a floor piece made with the following instructions: “Set a rectangular piece of hot-rolled carbon steel level on floor. Pour on it a measure of tap water so that the resulting pond holds its position short of overflow. Each time the water evaporates, repeat.” You can find more about it here.

I believe I’ve found two images of the same piece, (it seems he created at least four of them in 1963) one of the photos appears to be taken in 1963 in an exhibition (with water) and the other taken when (dry) and up for auction in 2009.

Sink 1963 Rolled Steel, water 20" x 20" x 1/2" Collection of John Cage. Source: http://www.williamanastasi.net/Mainframe.htm
Property from the Collection of John Cage and Merce Cunningham, Sold to Benefit the Merce Cunningham Trust 2009. Source: http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=5263533