“On November 9, 1965, workers and a supervisor from Bekins Van and Storage Company work for seven hours to remove the painting from DeFeo’s Fillmore Street studio - a process that DeFeo dubs ‘The Great Rose Transplant.’ The ‘transplant’ entails removing the painting from the wall to which it has been attached for almost six years and cutting away about 2 feet of windowsill and wall before the painting can be removed and lowered by forklift to the waiting Bekins truck below. Bruce Conner shoots 700 feet of 35mm film documenting the painting’s removal from the studio. Within a day, DeFeo and Wally Hedrick vacate the 2322 Fillmore Street (SF, CA) building and separate.”
Photos (scanned) & text excerpted from Jay DeFeo and The Rose Edited by Jane Green and Leah Levy.
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