Old Sparky – (In)famous Texan Electric Chair, photo by Kayt Sukel .
Electric chairs are not my favorite subject. Alas they are a fact of life. The blog wouldn’t be complete without a couple of electric chairs.
When a friend of mine announced via twitter she was to visit a Texan Jail museum, the Texas Prison Museum in Huntsville, Texas, USA, with a real electric chair in it, I asked her to make a photo of it for this blog and she gracefully obliged.
This famous (I would say infamous) electric chair was in operation for 40 years, between 1924 and 1964, and had 361 people killed in it.
I know! It’s high summer and Halloween is far away, but I had to feature Professor Mark Csele who loves to scare the kids with skeletons in an electric chair in the front porch for Halloween.
Our displays, pictured here, featured a skeleton in an electric chair. When a kid approaches the porch the system triggers and the skeleton rises out of the chair accompanied by fog, a strobe light, and loud sounds of an electrical arc. The front window featured a rear-projection video of a large tesla coil operating with large arcs streaming everywhere to complete the ‘mad scientist’ appearance (also completed by yours truly wearing a lab coat and a wig of “shocked” white hair).
old master, 19th century, modern and contemporary prints
1 October 2008
London, King Street
Electric Chair (F. & S. II.76)
screenprint in colours, 1971, from the set of ten, on thick wove paper, signed and dated in ballpoint pen, stamp numbered 212/250 (there were also fifty artist’s proofs numbered in Roman numerals), published by B. Bischofberger, ZÃ¼rich, with the artist’s copyright stamp verso, printed to the edges of the full sheet (as published), the tip of the lower right sheet corner very slightly creased, otherwise in very good condition
L., S. 901 x 1217 mm.