Ref: Demolition Temple Bar Gallery and Studios
Ref: Demolition Temple Bar Gallery & Studios (2010)
Text and image work, A4, 10 pages

This piece was originally made for the 'Re : Public' project at Temple Bar Gallery in March 2010, a series of revolving exhibitions and events exploring the notion of 'public' in how it relates to urbanist, architectural and planning discourses.

A local demolition contractor was commissioned to draw up a detailed proposal and costing for the demolition and site clearance of the Temple Bar Gallery & Studios building. Photoshopped renderings of the imagined demolition process and views of the site post-clearance were then added to the contractor's tender document, and its ten pages were displayed on a table for study in the gallery.

The proposal was situated as an open-ended 'what if', a kind of counter-architectural reverie that might have a particular resonance in the context of the Temple Bar Gallery & Studios building, whose 1994 renovation by leading Irish architects McCullough Mulvin became a flagship project in the subsequent development of the Temple Bar Cultural Quarter.

The work is being exhibited here again as an entry point of sorts to the current project.


Exhibition location: Irish Architecture Foundation, 15 Bachelors Walk