'The Lovers' rug
(Patrik Fredrikson, born Sweden, 1968; Ian Stallard, born Britain, 1973)
Edition of 8 (plus 2 artist proofs), prototype exhibited
Lent by David Gill Galleries, London
The conjoined pools of freely poured urethane represent the average quantity of blood in two people. The Ancients believed that blood is the seat of the emotions and so denotes love, but shed blood indicates death: life and loss interconnect in this object.