Joseph Turner: The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons,
Ben Vautier: Accidents and Catastrophes,
The plastic beauty of certain photos of catastrophes,
of accidents, led me in June 1961 to set my signature to the crushed
and tangled bodywork of a car that had hit a tree.
Then, carried away by my creative élan, I signed:
AGADIR: Earthquake (board carrying documentation)
FRÉJUS: The dam which, giving way, caused the death of
HIROSHIMA: As I remember is one of the most successful examples
of this category of artwork created by the genius of man, and
even if artistic intention was lacking, we can only congratulate
ourselves on its esthetic reality.
129 Die In Jet (Plane Crash), 1962
Tuna Fish Disaster, 1963
Davis, Lee Allyn. Environmental Disasters: a Chronicle
of Individual, Industrial, and Governmental Carelessness. New
York, NY: Facts on File, 1998.
Ben Vautier: Moi Ben Je Signe, 1963. [English translation by
David Mayor: Me Ben I Sign, Surrey (UK): Beau Geste Press,