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Screen (2007). Liverpool (UK)

My proposal for Widnes consists of one or several sculptural pieces.The work entails investing the site with the creation of a visual tool that adapts to a variety of urban situations. This tool will allow for dynamic interpretation of context, becoming an integral part of the city's image and the social functions of its public urban space.

This visual tool consists of patterns in perforated metal, which has been pierced with thousands of holes - a technique I have been exploring in my work in public urban space over the past few years. Each sculpture is an interactive installation, a "sensorial chamber" made of semi-transparent panels of metal that the visitor can enter, explore, and look out of, to the surrounding landscape.The patterns in the sculpture create an impression of transparency and permeability, allowing it to interact with the environment as if visually absorbing it.

The sculptures will be situated in locations of the city that are specifically chosen so as to emphasize important elements of the urban landscape. They will also be the source of an "urban archaeology", with the creation of pictograms that refer to the history and memory of the locations.

In certain chosen areas of the metal, the pattern of the holes form pictograms, images that have significance with regards to the sculpture's location, its present or past features, and its history. They work like a code to be deciphered, encouraging awareness of the area and its characteristics.

The first on-site work to be done is to create this code, by identifying the significant elements that will connect us to specific locations of the site, and recreating them as graphic images for the pictograms. These elements can be found at the existing site and in archives. The pictograms can be seen as clues to Widnes' geology and history, a kind of poetic cartography of a place in evolution.

Not initially apparent to the eye, the pictograms blend into the overall impression of the sculpture, until emerging as a subtle densification of points. Their discovery will draw the attention of spectators, visitors and passers-by, offering each a personal and interactive experience.

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