PROJECTS: Domesticated Bodies
stethoscope, rubber tubing, steel table
36H x 96W x 24D inches
Stethoscope is a twenty-five foot long functional stethoscope. Viewers are invited to listen to each other's hearts from either end of the table. Before the invention of the stethoscope, physicians would lay their heads directly on a patient's chest to listen to the heart. In 1816, Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec was inspired to invent the stethoscope by his desire by some accounts to preserve a well-endowed woman's modesty, by other accounts to preserve his own modesty. This sculpture explores the stethoscope as a visual metaphor for a social paradigm.
©2002 Laura Splan