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fig 18 trophies and orphans, 2017. found steel stair railing, approximately 4 x 6 x 2 meters.

This is a site-specific architectural intervention for the collective gallery Guadalajara 90210. The site is a building that is under construction. At the time of this installation, the building was only a skeleton, hard to tell whether it is being built up or torn down, in flux. The material for this construction is cut-offs from a demolished stairway, reconfigured and welded onto the columns so it floats above the floor. The title was taken from an essay, “Trophies and Orphans: The Use of Spolia Columns in Ancient Churches” by Dale Kinney in Volume 29 of The Institute of Sacred Architecture, a journal dedicated to church design. This essay interprets “spoliation” or “spolia”- a reclaimed architectural fragment incorporated into a new structure- under these two analogies. I wanted to consider, in turn, if the contemporary implications of spolia are the same in a modern development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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