la pérouse

La Pérouse's Last Letters

In 1788 two French ships, the Astrolabe and Boussole, led by Jean-François de Galaup de la Pérouse,
sailed into uncharted seas and vanished without a trace. The specimens and information collected were
lost with the ships, but the captain’s letters and journals were sent homeward aboard passing vessels
and survived. This installation uses fragments from the expedition’s only records, inscribed
in paper pulp on handmade sheets.

All that remains is paper.

Images above from the installation at Open Square in Holyoke Massachusetts, 2011
Also being shown at ARTSHOPROJECT in Norwich, UK, from March 15 to April 20, 2013

You can also see a video here