Recreating the Façade of the Laban Building (Herzog & de Meuron, 1997) as a performative time-based sculpture whereby the shape and dimensions of a building are only momentarily revealed.
Through a process of simultaneous construction and deconstruction, each weekday over a two-week period, the 40m-long façade will appear section by section as the structure moves slowly across Montgomery Square until it is complete. Erected from white lightweight concrete blocks and a support system scaffolding structure, each section will be visible for a single day before being deconstructed and rebuilt as the next section in sequence.
The process will be recorded using time-lapse video and long exposure photography, capturing the entire façade as it materialises over time.
Working in collaboration with Charles Linehan and students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, a series of new dance performances has been developed in response to the work and will be present on site each day during intervals in the construction process at 12.30pm and 4.30pm.
Commissioned by Locus+ with funding from the Arts and Humanties Research Council and in partnership with the Canary Wharf Group.
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