Roman Opalka

I guess I don’t have many heroes but if you asked me to name a handful, Roman Opalka would definitely be among them. In 1965 the artist begun painting numbers, starting with 1 and going on indefinitely. It was a task that would consume him and he would never complete (he couldn’t by definition).

I find his commitment to a concept – to his belief – utterly compelling and an inspiration. To me it perfectly expresses how something as familiar, and as seemingly simple, as numbers can be so totally overwhelming.

Economist Obituary

Wikipedia article

Roman Opalka

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