This massive work consists of eleven half dressed blocks of stone, each with a word carved on the top.
THE PRESENT ORDER
IS THE DISORDER
OF THE FUTURE
The stones seem to have been torn from the ruin, or destruction of some great building, and placed here as a dire warning. The attribution to Saint-Just, the implacable ideologue of the French Revolution, intensifies the rebuke to a corrupt society. Yet the carefully separated arrangement of the stones suggests that they can be rearranged to give the very opposite meaning. This paradox encapsulates the crucial role of conflict which requires a response.
The Present Order is the Disorder of the Future – Saint Just (LS Guide, p. 139). Eleven gigantic hewn blocks of Purbeck and Whitsun stone. Nicholas Sloan, 1983