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:
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.