The work consists of about seventy wood branches collected from the Minnesota North woods, and a set of precisely carved duplicates of each of the branches. This carving process was done individually, with each branch accurately replicated to a high degree. The branches and their duplicates are separated and arranged in two piles. The two stacks are constructed identically, resulting in a pile of branches seemingly arranged in anticipation of a campfire, and its precise carved wood doppelganger.
The title refers to a Gorge Luis Borges story with the same name.
The full Borges story can be found at http://books.google.com