Anselm Kiefer, Ausbrennen des Landkreises Buchen, 1974.
I just saw this ad playing before a youtube video and I had to stop and watch the whole thing. Incredible.
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Cellulose nitrate was used to make dice from the late 1860s until the middle of the twentieth century, and the material remains stable for decades. Then, in a flash, they can dramatically decompose. Nitric acid is released in a process called outgassing. The dice cleave, crumble, and then implode.
From Dice: Deception, Fate & Rotten Luck by Ricky Jay and Rosamond Purcell, 2002.
Madison has a reputation as one of the most liberal cities in the country. It is also quite possibly the most racially unequal.