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**rare original** Terry Fox’s legendary audio installation The Labyrinth Scored for 11 Different Cats (1977) very first edition, an audio tape numbered and signed, in edition of 100 copies. Between 1972 and 1978 Terry Fox created works that where methodologically linked to the metaphorical use of symbols in the labyrinth on the floor of the cathedral in Chartres, which is composed of 11 concentric circles, 34 turns and 552 steps. The numerical and geometric structure of the stone mosaic became the inspiration for many of his works, including his only composition for this tape. "The labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral is made of blue and white stones set into the stone floor of the cathedral. It is a unicursal path winding in 34 turns through 11 concentric rings to the center. It is 12m 87 in diameter and has 552 steps following its course from the entrance to the center. This labyrinth formed the blueprint of all my work from 1972-1978. I attempted to make sound from it a few times. Two examples are 'The labyrinth scored for the purrs of 11 cats', and '552 steps through 11 pairs of strings'. For the former, I recorded 8 continuous minutes of purring from 11 different cats. These were than mixed to follow the exact path of the labyrinth with one cat representing each of the 11 concentric rings, 10 seconds of overlapping purrs to indicate each of the 34 turns. The tape follows in stereo the path of the labyrinth with the center finally represented by the simultaneous purring of all 11 cats."
Terry Fox (1943 – 2008) was an influential figure, involved in many of the innovative, experimental practices that emerged on the American art scene in the 1960s and 70s including conceptual art, performance, video art and sound art. Fox often used his own body as a point of departure for his work. Fox participated in several important international exhibitions including Documenta 5, 6 and 8 and the Venice Biennale in 1984. He collaborated with several other influential artists, including Joseph Beuys, Vito Acconci, Dennis Oppenheim and Bill Viola.