Monuments and Phantoms




2017
Museum | Competition
 

Through the use of two main typological elements -- the scaffold and the museum,  the project offers a new form of temporary art space in the city of Los Angeles. More specifically, it uses the structural and conceptual qualities of the scaffold to provide a critique, and ultimately, a transformation of the social and historical understandings of the preservationist attitude of the contemporary art space.

Here, the scaffold is the primary typological element of investigation. It questions and engages thoughts of preservation, construction, history, revisioning, and ruination. The scaffold is both referential and contemporary in its own time, yet it begs the question of in what era is this object, this architecture that is encapsulated, in, and at at which moment in history does it belong to? It is simultaneously both a reveal and a disguise; it is engaged with the present, yet beneath the surface lies a constant reference to the past. It is timeless, and it is temporary, and for a brief moment, it freezes a building in time, preserving it in a specific location, at a specific instance, in history.

This outdoor gallery of scaffolding, exposed to the elements, the wind, the sand, the ocean, the air, remains far less concerned with reflecting history exactly necessarily, but rather with the ability to evoke a memory -- of a time, of a place, of a history, and of an architecture...


It is here that this temporary, open-air structure -- this new art space -- hopes to provide a new means of both displaying and viewing art for the citizens and artists of the city.
















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