Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Puzzling Statement, Weird Art

I'm not sure what to make of Russian sculptor Constantin Boym's bonded nickel series "Buildings of Disaster," 1998-2003.

Using scale-models, Boym constructed a wide spectrum of disaster buildings -- ranging from (in order of seriousness):

a) The cataclysmic (Chernobyl),

b) The diabolic (the World Trade Center Towers, the Oklahoma City Federal Building),

c) The infamous (the Texas Schoolbook Depository, the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, Texas),

d) The tragic (the Dakota apartment building where John Lennon was shot)

e) The not-really-a-disaster-but-still-a-very-serious-situation (the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant),

f) The politically-disastrous (the Watergate hotel),

g) The not-really-related-to-a-disaster-except-if-you're-making-some-opaque-political-point (the Pentagon),

h) The not-even-a-building-but-still-really-sad (the Alma Tunnel in Paris where Pricess Diana was killed),

i) The not-a-building-and-not-even-remotely-disastrous (the O.J. Simpson car chase).

UPDATE: Sorry, the links all go to the main page. I thought they would lead to each individual sculpture, but they don't. And I'm too lazy to take them out.

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