Sculpture by Leo Fitzmaurice:
Leo said he’d noticed the first one on some waste ground in Bootle, Liverpool, slightly discoloured owing to weathering but otherwise perfect. He then found the other six or seven, progressively more bleached out and denuded of anything but a spectral remnant of branding, in a short time in the same area. The Coke cans reminded me of a kind of still life, with deteriorating packaging rather than rotting fruit. Leo said he’d not manipulated or treated the cans in any way, that’s just the way he found them.
Phil Kirby, The Culture Vulture, 2011
When was this sculpture made and what’s its title?
That’s the puzzling thing. According to online sources the work has two titles and two dates. Some say it’s entitled “Fader” and that Fitzmaurice made it in 1999. Other say it’s entitled “You’re beautiful I think” and that he made it in 2008.