Fire water and Gas

Posted: June 15, 2015 in Manhole covers, sculpture

For the LAT[E]WI @ Safehouse exhibition I presented cast manhole covers.
The maze of tunnels, waterways and drains is hidden to us, though we are never far from one or more. From original Victorian sewers to modern cable channels these permeate all aspects the city and a very necessary part of city living used by everybody irrespective of class, gender, age or race. These pieces with their connection to the Aylesbury estate will be a lasting memory of the estate itself for it is due to be demolished in the coming years to make way for expensive apartments. These apartments will not house the original occupants who are being moved out of the area, they will be beyond the financial range of those living in the vicinity at present, this process of reallocation is in general terms called social cleansing or if you prefer gentrification.
The network of channels and tunnels will most probably remain to service the new buildings but the manhole covers will probably be replaced, thus erasing every thing that was above ground.
I took moulds from manhole covers and cast them in unlikely materials metals silicon plaster wax and glass. I situated them in unlikely places within the dilapidated house that was the gallery.

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