Ref: Demolition Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, 2010
Ref: Demolition Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, 2010
Text and image work
A4, 10 pages

This piece was made for the 'Re : Public' project curated by Daniel Jewesbury at Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin in February/March 2010. 'Re : Public' consisted of a series of revolving exhibitions and events exploring the notion of 'public' in how it relates to urbanist, architectural and planning discourses.

For my contribution to the exhibition, I commissioned a local demolition contractor to draw up a detailed proposal and costing for the demolition and site clearance of the Temple Bar Gallery and Studios building. My own photoshopped renderings of the imagined demolition process and views of the site post-clearance were added to the contractor's tender document and its ten pages were displayed on a table for study in the gallery.

The proposal was situated as an open ended 'what if', a kind of counter-architectural reverie that might have a particular resonance in the context of Temple Bar Gallery, whose early 90's renovation by leading Irish architects McCullough Mulvin became a flagship project in the subsequent development of the Temple Bar Cultural Quarter.