Long-term Installations

Saul Melman: Central Governor

2010

Saul Melman's installation is the result of a six month long performance during which he chiseled 5,000 pounds of salt block and covered MoMA PS1's old boiler with gold leaf.  Melman transformed the massive structure into a gilded object, making allusions to the alchemical properties that have been long associated with salt and gold. Central Governor was originally presented in the 2010 Greater New York exhibition in conjunction with Aki Sasamoto and her performance and installation Skewed Lies (2010). 

Central Governor is located in the Basement Boiler Room.


  • Saul Melman. Central Governor. 2010. Photo by Eva Qin. Courtesy the artist.