Defpoints


More on architectural thievery
July 7, 2008, 6:59 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Design

From Maria Berman in Frieze:

Why would you steal a great work of architecture? Where would you hide it? Who would you hide it from? Such questions are perhaps inappropriate to an object that’s really hard to carry. But architectural theft is more subtle than the grab-and-run techniques used on purses and paintings. Thieves of architecture pilfer ideas, images and shapes. The thing stolen isn’t whisked away in the night, but rather is reconstituted and rebuilt as an orphan in a new locale, with approvals from building departments and clients at whose request the building is erected. Theft itself is reconsidered, becoming a hushed quotation, unadvertised reference and reflection.

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