The Fountainhead
The Fountainhead
HD video, c. 5 mins duration, loops continuously

For The Fountainhead, architect Niall McCullough was filmed standing on the rooftop of McCullough Mulvin's Ussher Library building at Trinity College, from a camera located at ground level across the street. Starting with a wide view, then slowly zooming in on Niall in his lofty position, the continuous motion of the camera recreates the final scene of King Vidor's 1949 film of Ayn Rand's 'The Fountainhead'. Rand's character Howard Roark represents a clich├ęd image of the architect as sole author: intransigent, strident, solitary. This piece attempts to recontextualize that image, foregrounding temporality, self-consciousness, revealing the multiple takes to get the 'right' shot.

The video will play back for the duration of the exhibition inserted in between regular programming on the digital information screens throughout the Berkeley, Lecky, and Ussher Libraries at Trinity. A simultaneous presentation of the piece will also be on view in the ground floor theatre at the Irish Architecture Foundation on Bachelors Walk.


Exhibition location: Ussher Library, Trinity College, and Irish Architecture Foundation, 15 Bachelors Walk