The work consists of a mound of sand on which the book Mobile (1962) by French novelist and essayist Michel Butor is placed open.
Considered by many to be his greatest book, Michel Butor’s Mobile is the result of the six months the author spent traveling across America. The text, composed from a wide range of materials, including city names, road signs, advertising slogans, catalog listings, newspaper accounts of the 1893 World’s Fair, Native American writings, and the history of the Freedomland theme park, is a prose-rhapsody aiming to capture the spirit of the United States.
In Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster's works, elements are often used metonymically. Beaches for example, to which the sand may be referring, constitute transitional spaces, between horizon and landscape or city. As places, they evoke the sensation of tropicality, where time may break free and social relations are blurred. Gonzalez-Foerster's installations often create scenarios that recall locations (like bedrooms or libraries) in which special conditions exist that suspend normal human interactions and evoke personal responses often triggered by sensorial associations.