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Sandblasted norite table and benches
Jenny Holzer (b. 1950, Gallipolis, OH)

Jenny Holzer is known for conceptual, often political, language-based works in public spaces. Here, her stone table and benches are covered on every surface with molecular diagrams. These representations—chosen by students and professors, of everything from water to components of chocolate—prompt consideration of how such chemicals define us and shape our behavior in an ever-changing world. 

Gift of the friends of J. Hodge Markgraf ’52, Ebenezer Fitch Professor of Chemistry (1930–2007), to Williams College Museum of Art. M.2011.7

Currently removed for conservation.