Sharif Abraham

Window washing, Vanessa van Dam /

I came across this unrealized piece by Artist Vanessa van Dam’s. It's a proposal for a window washing installation at the Pharos Office Tower near Amsterdam. It offers a critique on the anonymous glass office building, exploring the relationship between architecture and maintenance. Van Dam proposed the installation of 85 industrial-sized window wipers typically found on airplanes and lighthouses. This is very intriguing as maintenance (a desire to maintain "newness") is an obsession in Australia. With a movement towards a mechanized environment, I can imagine a city where the machines, apparatuses, materials, and techniques of maintenance become part of the image of the city. 

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Gregor Schneider, 21 Beach cells, Bondi /

Gregor Schneider's 2007 installation at Bondi Beach where he installs 21 beach cells, resembling enclosures at Guantanamo Bay. People occupy these cells and go about their daily activity at the beach. See the video. The connection is truly captivating. I really like the casualness of beach life and its oblivion to the rigorous, interventionist construct. 

Gregor Schneider Cells Bondi Beach