Death, Decomposition, Afterlife (The Crystal Palace)
Death, Decomposition, Afterlife (The Crystal Palace), 2018
steel, tent rod, salvaged wood, copper, glass, glass prisms, slate, brass, aluminum, cotton, felt, gauze, plaster, coconut coin, lemon tree leaves
4'11'' × 6'11'' × 6'11''
The metal architectural reference of the Crystal Palace, that used to exist in London in the 19th century, gets transformed through performance, ritual, and sculptural interventions. As a way to criticize its symbolic importance as a ground for marketing other cultures' goods and exploiting their resources, the palace structure got hit by stones and fell on its side. The work examines as a living organism the generative powers of decomposition.