Thursday, February 11, 2010
Rachel Whitread's "House" (1993)
A perfect example of site-specific work, artist Rachel Whiteread made this concrete installation in order to call attention to a piece of English architectural history which was being torn down to make way for a new public park. She sprayed concrete on the inside of all the walls of a Victorian era house in a London block. The walls were then removed, leaving just the shell of the house. This piece remained installed in the new park for a year before it was destroyed. It was a physical reminder of the cost of progress, even if the end result was favorable (a city park). Something has to be moved or destroyed to make room, and in this case it was a block of historic homes.