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Within the bounds of perception

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By John Pawlak

My wife and I recently traveled to the east coast to visit my brother and family. While out there, we drove into New York City and spent a few hours walking through SOHO to soak up the local culture and to browse the art galleries. As we strolled down Wooster St., we passed a gallery that apparently was undergoing a significant renovation. Well, at least that’s what it looked like. Through the large window, we saw a huge mound of dirt (about 15-by-20 feet and 10 feet high) piled against what appeared to be a concrete section of a bridge. Two women walking out of the gallery were laughing and they told us that we had to go in to see “it.”

And so, we ventured into the gallery and discovered that there were no renovations being done. The pile of dirt and concrete slab were in fact the exhibit. Upon closer inspection, we found the concrete slab to be a textured wooden structure. From the far side of the exhibit, the pile of dirt turned out to be a mesh of wire and netting covered with about six inches of dirt. The exhibit was titled “Collapse.”


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