2010. Wooden plan cabinet, Par 16
lantern, steel frame, paint.
[l:65, w:50, h:225cm]
The title is a line paraphrased from Italo Calvino’s Invisible
Cities. Describing Isaura, a conurbation that rises over a vast
subterranean lake, whose inhabitants dig vertical tunnels down to tap the
water. The city’s gods either live in the depths of the lake, or in the
ascending buckets that traverse the tunnels.
Glasgow is also a city built upon many previous generations’ mineshafts and
tunnels. The landscape of volcanic rock has sustained the city; suspended above
the igneous honeycomb.
The multiple holes that pierce each layer of the plan cabinet are illuminated
by a single small spotlight. This serves to focus an oval shape from the beam
of light to the floor.