‘Cave Space’ 2018
The Crystal Palace exhibition building that burnt down in 1936 has left a deeply ingrained imprint in the minds of the Crystal Palace community. Traces remain but the the absence of the very building holds a presence in the physical as well as the mental landscape. The absence of the building is felt as the atmosphere of the landscape evokes memory in every sense through the replica piece , the subway and the Italian terraces. My work searches for a spatial gesture in the landscape that would commemorate this absence by adding another layer of void spaces that are carved out of the landscape. As one walks through the park they encounter holes in the ground suggesting a network of spaces underground that do not disturb the landscape and preserve the views. The landscape itself is memory and the cave spaces in the ground dissolves into the landscape as another layer of memory.The pigmented plaster sculptures are fragments of the space suggesting doorways, staircases , monumental light Wells underneath. The sculptures largely suggest the weight of the earth holding onto these void spaces. It is an attempt to preserve the collective memory of Crystal Palace through architectural gestures in land.