Grid vs. Wall

We’ve had a good discussion on Tuesday and now I am trying to work out few things simultaneously.

On the one hand I am proposing a grid structure for my factory. I like the idea of the grid because it sets certain rules, it becomes a machine for order, a context machine encapsulating spaces/events. The content of the grid becomes in a way an identity machine.

To test the grid idea and the scale of it I decided that I would cast parts of grids of existing cities such as New-York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Barcelona. There are certainly many more than these, but I thought I’d start with something and picked few. To be honest I don’t know where this will lead me but maybe I shouldn’t think of it at this stage, I decided to just give it a go!

Questions to myself:

Where does this machine come from? Does it build itself or does it rise from water/ground? What is it made out of? Is it cardboard, is it concrete or…? How do the walls connect?..

Lets leave the grid for now. I loved Natasha’s comment ‘What would it mean to not just consider spaces but the in-between stuff too – walls’. That way the wall itself becomes space, yet it becomes a factory. The wall becomes an architectural project. What matters now is what is inside that wall? What if it is just a gigantic wall with no filling? Cause if the wall itself carries the meaning, does it matter what it contains?

I looked at various historically important walls around the globe, their importance, meaning, sizes etc. . Here are some of them:

The Western Wall, Israel

The Western Wall, Israel

 Berlin Wall, Germany

Berlin Wall, Germany

Walls Of Troy, Turkey

Walls Of Troy, Turkey

Hadrian’s Wall, England

Hadrian’s Wall, England

Walls Of Babylon, Iraq

Walls Of Babylon, Iraq

Sacsayhuaman, Peru

Sacsayhuaman, Peru

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, United States

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, United States

The Great Wall Of China, China

The Great Wall Of China, China

 

This might sound silly, but maybe there is still room for larger wall than The Great Wall of China.

This is where I am at the moment. Tomorrow I will laser cut the files and make the cast moulds and plan to cast if not tomorrow afternoon, than Saturday.

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