The Spence Collection
How art can change your life.

The Stolen Meridians

Created 1986 Acquired 1986

Shadow box w/map and magnifying glass

Artwork Story

Donated to Laguna Art Museum in 1999 as one of 109 works
Exhibited Santa Monica et al ?1993-5 & cat/ill. Abeles Encyclopedia Persona
Laguna Art Museum 1998-9 "Life Lessons: How Art Can Change Your Life"

Judith Spence

This piece gives shape to old vague feelings about the immigrant histories of my parents' families. There's something sad about the disorientation, the dislocation of "lost" history across generations. The sadness puts the meridian back in place. It makes sense out of the vagueness.

Stuart Spence

The text reads:
"According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this intersection of 86 degrees latitude and 46 degrees longitude (previously located near Gulliver, Michigan) was stolen in August of 1952. The search for it continued until 1973 when it was recovered. NOAA admits that the recovery wasn't critical because the location of the intersection isn't accurate any more anyway."


"Exh:Laguna Art Museum, 1998-9, 'Life Lessons; ...'"

Artwork Story

Santa Monica et al ?93-5 & cat/ill. Abeles Encyclopedia Persona

About the Artist

Kim Abeles


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