Chris Brandrick is a UK-based freelance journalist with an interest in tech and videogaming. Follow him on Twitter here. Chris Brandrick is a UK-based freelance journalist with an interest in tech and videogaming. Follow him on Twitter here.
It’s Wikipedia, but not as you know it.
The ‘Magna Carta’, often considered to be one of the most important democratic documents of the Western world, celebrates its 800th birthday next month. To mark the occasion award-winning artist Cornelia Parker decided to pay tribute to the historic charter with a somewhat modern twist.
Parker, with assistance from some 200 individuals, took to creating a detailed hand-stitched version of the Magna Carta’s Wikipedia page.
Those who helped Parker make the recreation a reality include a range of famous names, such as Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange and infamous whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Jimmy Wales stitched the phrase ‘user’s manual’, Jarvis Cocker managed a self-referential stitching of ‘Common People’, Julian Assange needled the word ‘freedom’ and Edward Snowden hand-stitched ‘liberty’ onto the work.
The embroidered Wikipedia entry comes in at over 13 meters long, and is a like-for-like copy of the Wikipedia page as it looked when the project started in 2014.
You can view the completed works, Magna Carta (An Embroidery), for free at the British Library in London until July 24, 2015 — of course you can still check out the Magna Carta’s real Wikipedia page too.
Image credit: British Library
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