The starting point for Register was a photograph of a silent protest in the Plaza Del Sol in Madrid in 1997. A crowd had gathered to register their protest at the capture of Miguel Blanco by ETA and had filled the square with a sea of raised hands. This photograph was similar to other photographs in the artist’s collection of crowds at concerts and festivals, as seen from above. The formal similarity and subjective disparity of this imagery led Burke to produce Register, an homage to humanist principles—the multiple hands reaching through the grille echo the end of the ‘century of horror’ and provide a simple yet sensitive representation of the human form. Burke’s practice often deals with the theme of repetition, and in Register this is combined with Burke’s interest in engineering and mass production. Two thousand cast iron copies of the artist’s hand have been industrially produced and assembled in simple, functional storage grids, creating an arresting effect, similar to that which Burke appreciated in the photograph of the silent protest in Madrid.