Diana Al-Hadid

All The Stops (and 2 details)

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All The Stops
Diana Al-Hadid
All The Stops (and 2 details)
2007
Cardboard, wood, metal, plastic & paint
264.2 x 172.7 x 142.2 cm

Al-Hadid has described her work as "impossible architecture". All The Stops envisions a palatial structure, utilising stylistic elements from a variety of incongruous periods from medieval churches to futuristic stadiums. Shaping her work like an upturned trumpet, musical references are found throughout the piece: broken onceglorious columns are made from plastic recorders, decorative tiers are shingled with tiny piano keys. The spindly architecture suggests
the evasive quality of sound, with each level contributing to a sense of harmonic rhythm. The building however, is presented as a ruin, empty and desolate, its decrepit power culminating in an eerily silent crescendo.


     
 


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