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Golden Donut, 2001
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A public "historical marker" made of etched brass mounted on a granite slab.  The marker was briefly installed in Central Sq. in Cambridge, where a row of eccentric local business was demolished to make way for luxury condominiums.  While the neighborhood association belatedly raised objections to the development, the site remained a gaping hole for over a year. The text commemorating a first kiss between lovers at the donut shop, one of the evicted businesses, offers a deeply private variation on the standard historical marker.  In fact this piece was installed only twenty feet away from an official marker honoring Harry Putnam, the Cambridge businessman who owned the property under development.