CHRIS BURDEN
Relic from “Deadman”
1972
Canvas tarpaulin
Dimensions variable


Deadman
Mizuno Gallery, Los Angeles
November 12, 1972

At 8 p.m. I lay down on La Cienega Boulevard and was covered completely with a canvas tarpaulin. Two fifteen-minute flares were placed near me to alert cars. Just before the flares extinguished, a police car arrived. I was arrested for causing a false emergency to be reported. Trial took place in Beverly Hills. After three days of deliberation, the jury failed to reach a decision, and the judge dismissed the case.