Edward Snowden, Brian Eno, Jarvis Cocker and Others Hand-Stitch Magna Carta Wikipedia Page
Snowden stitched the word "freedom."
Turner Prize winner Cornelia Parker has created a 13-meter long (over 46 feet) embroidery of the Wikipedia page of the Magna Carta in celebration of its 800th Anniversary. The huge needlework was created with the help of many famous hands from Edward Snowden, Brain Eno, Jarvis Cocker to various politicians and figures from the media.
The work, commissioned by the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford, went on display at the British Library in London yesterday.
“Wikipedia is a kind of embroidery, it’s very subjective with many contributions and anybody can add their bit,” said Parker of the project, “I wanted the embroidery to raise questions about where we are now with the principles laid down in the Magna Carta, and about the challenges to all kinds of freedoms that we face in the digital age.”
Snowden stitched the word “freedom,” Parker herself chose “prerogative,” and Cocker chose to look back to his biggest hit song with the phrase “Common People.” The main stitching work, however, was done by around 40 prisoners working with Fine Cell Work, a social enterprise that trains prisoners in paid, skilled, creative needlework.
Drawn up in 1215, the Magna Carta is currently on display alongside the US Declaration of Independence (see British Library Will Show US Declaration of Independence).
There are thought to only be four copies of the Magna Carta, although a rare 1300 revision of the document worth £10 million was discovered in Kent County Council archives earlier this year (see Rare Copy of Magna Carta (Not the Jay-Z Record) Worth $15 Million Found in Sandwich).
Magna Carta (An Embroidery) is on display from May 15 to July 24 at the British Library as part of their celebrations to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.
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