Hand-sewn Wikipedia page marks Magna Carta anniversary
By Tim Masters
Arts and entertainment correspondent
14 May 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
Cornelia Parker with a fragment of Magna Carta (An Embroidery) at the British Library
It’s the Wikipedia entry no-one will ever be able to update.
A giant embroidered copy of the article for the Magna Carta – measuring 13 metres long – has been unveiled at the British Library.
Some 200 people – from prisoners to pop stars – hand-stitched the artwork, which celebrates the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.
“I wanted to create a portrait of our age”, said British artist Cornelia Parker, who conceived the project.
Parker, best known for art installations involving an exploded garden shed and actress Tilda Swinton sleeping in a glass case, took a screenshot of the Magna Carta Wikipedia page on 15 June last year – on what was the 799th anniversary of the famous 13th Century treaty.
She printed it onto fabric which was divided into 87 sections and sent around the country to be stitched by 200 specially-chosen people – many with a connection to civil liberties and politics.
“I liked the idea of grabbing this moment and immortalising it,” Parker told the BBC at Thursday’s launch event.
“Wikipedia is a kind of embroidery, it’s very subjective with many contributions and anybody can add their bit.”
Fragment from the top of the Magna Carta artwork
Source:: BBC Entertainment