DE202010XXXX (after Kaiser Wilhem I, 1881)
Vinyl on wall, 450 x 100cm
Through a fictional company, I grant the intellectual rights for an undisclosed product of my invention to the people of Leipzig, Germany.
A proclamation announcing this grant was displayed on an exposed pillar within a former factory (the Baumwolle Spinnerei, formerly Europe's largest cotton production facility), adapting a statement of social policy made by Kaiser Wilhelm I.
The rights were granted with two restrictions.
First, that this cultural district and former factory be replaced for the product's manufacture. Second, following the terms of Gebrauchsmuster, that the product must be made within ten years from the grant date (11 September 2010) or the people of Leipzig forfeit all claims to the concept.
English translation of the text
We, the Special Development Council
of Arbeitswerk International GmbH
Hereby grant to the People of Leipzig
in the Federal State of Saxony
In perpetual honour to both
the goals and achievements
in the life and legacy
of Ferdinand Lassalle, Albert Kapr, and Gerald Wöhl
All rights, be they economic,
intellectual, spiritual, or otherwise
for the development and distribution
of the Kulturorgan
to be manufactured on this site
no later then ten years hence
Proclaimed under our own hand
and with our seal attached
on this Eleventh of September
in the year Two Thousand and Ten