Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Cyprien Gaillard, Pruitt-Igoe Falls (2008)

Not the demolition of the St Louis, Missouri housing complex, but a Glasgow tower block in 2008.

From the press release:

As the building collapses, the concomitant dust cloud spreads to cover where the structure once stood and conceals the light emanating from off-camera. This leaves the scene in near blackness before a glow languidly re-illuminates the screen. Only, as the video continues, the emphemeral nebula containing the airborne remnants of the building transform into the monumental downrush of Niagara Falls.

MIT List Visual Arts Center