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The Ethics of Dust

29 Jun 2016 - 1 Sep 2016

Created by artist, architect and conservationist Jorge Otero-Pailos, the Ethics of Dust is a temporary site-specific artwork made for Westminster Hall, the oldest building on the Parliamentary Estate and home to the UK’s House of Commons and House of Lords.Suspended from the hall´s 28 metre high hammer beam roof, the latex contains innumerable particles of dust, soot and dirt gently lifted from the wall, a special method developed for the cleaning of this UNESCO world heritage site. Oterp-Pailos has previously made casts of the walls of other heritage monuments including the 14th century Doge´s Palace in Venice at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009.

Suspended from the hall´s 28 metre high hammer beam roof, the latex contains innumerable particles of dust, soot and dirt gently lifted from the wall, a special method developed for the cleaning of this UNESCO world heritage site. Oterp-Pailos has previously made casts of the walls of other heritage monuments including the 14th century Doge´s Palace in Venice at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009.

The Ethics of Dust takes its name from Victorian writer and social thinker John Ruskin´s 1908 publication The Ethics of The Dust. Ruskin´s great admiration for these two Gothic structures led him to lay the intellectual foundations of modern conservation. Anticipating concerns over pollution, he recognised its damaging effects on buildings, but argued against surface cleaning, fearing 19th century architects would do more damage than good with the blunt instruments available to them at the time.

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Start:
29 Jun 2016
End:
1 Sep 2016
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Westminster Hall
Westminster Palace, Abingdon Street
London, SW1A 0AA United Kingdom
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