[part 2 + part 3 urban situations | 2013]
part 2: Triggered by one of my previous researches, “beauty and proportions, what the aesthetic standards within public spaces are”, I decided to work on the idea contained in this previous research further. However, this time concentrating the focus on the actual urban situations and the problem of renovated and neglected city structures. After conducting a short research on the streets of Amsterdam and answering the questions; ‘what happens there,’ ‘what kind of solutions are taken in order to repair public spaces,’ ‘what is it that becomes visible and what is it that becomes invisible,’ the conclusion was clear:
The common steps taken to fix imperfections are clumsy ways of masking and covering the defects of public architecture, in an attempt to pretend that they never existed.
As a response to this research I decided to work contrary to this way and outline the imperfections. I created an enjoyable method of marking them in the public spaces. I worked with colour and scale to call said imperfections to peoples attention. Hence, instead of seeing something ugly and broken, I provided simply shaped and colourful installations. As a result, the objects gave people the opportunity to see the imperfection of architecture from a different and pleasant angle.
part 3: The final step of my long-term debate on the aesthetic standards within public spaces, was the creation of my own imperfect pavement tails full of cracks. It was about the tension of the composition. Where was their limit before they break into pieces? I was looking for a balance between simple shapes, cracks and forms. The process included studies on voids in public spaces. How to visualise something that is invisible? How close can I get there?
The materials used are a liquid plaster and a plaster cast. I had to develop a method of folding and breaking the pieces, without ruining the fragile form and structure of the plaster elements.