Romancing the Anthropocene curated by
Ivan Jurakic and Crystal Mowry
What if the furnishings in corporate lobbies were rearranged into sculpture? This project disrupts the comfortable seating arrangements in the lobby and transforms the function of the furniture into an idiosyncratic interpretation of public art.
The boulevards that define the financial district are lined with numerous corporate lobbies. The grand scale of the architecture seems to be at odds with the human scale of the furniture and interior design elements but if you pay attention there is a consistency to the style of furnishings and a method to their meticulous arrangement. One communicates the persistent drive of globalized finance and capital, while the other attempts to humanize it, to make it more welcoming and accessible.
Public art is often used as a means to mediate between architecture and the people that make use of a space. This suggests an artistic opportunity: to treat the furniture in the lobby as modular elements that can be combined and reconfigured to produce abstract sculptural assemblages. Like the modernist works of art that have come to be identified with corporate lobbies and plazas, these new compositions shift the function of the furniture towards the conventions of public art. The stacking and verticality of the accumulated elements temporarily disrupts the comfortable seating accommodations of the lobby to suggest an idiosyncratic individual subjectivity. The provisional new configuration parallels the upwardly mobile aspirations of globalism.
Suitable for all ages
Richmond-Adelaide Centre, 130 Adelaide Street West
This project is indoors.