Eastern State Penitentiary
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Eastern State Penitentiary — Apokaluptein:16389067 is a vast, multi-panel work created by Philadelphia-based artist Jesse Krimes. Krimes, who was convicted of non-violent drug possession, was sentenced in 2009 to a 70-month prison term. During that period of incarceration, he established prison art programs and created several works of art, including Apokaluptein:16389067.
Apokaluptein comes from a Greek word meaning to “reveal” or “uncover”; 16389067 references Krimes’ Federal Bureau of Prisons ID number. Krimes smuggled the contraband work, panel by panel, through the prison’s mailing system over a period of three years. (He was only able to view the completed work after his release.) In this site-specific installation, 39 panels were recreated and hand-transferred onto federal prison bed sheets to cover the interior walls of a single cell at Eastern State Penitentiary.