Recession refers to the recessed position of the Brancusi museum in Paris, in front of Centre Pompidou, as well as the economic conditions that led to speculations about the museum being demolished in the near future. According to the rumors, the ground at which it stands is too expensive to maintain a free-of-charge museum dedicated to the practice of Brancusi and should make room for a more profitable occupation. The sculpture is a replica of the space in between Centre Pompidou and Atelier Brancusi, and assesses its value, both as a monument and as an investment.
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This object measures the Jan van Eyck academy in Maastricht, by attaching an 18 metre high aluminum pole to the building. The sculpture was made at the time when I was researching Lafayette Anticipations in Paris, a renovation project by OMA. At the same time, that institute reached out to the Jan van Eyck academy to learn about their programme and shape theirs accordingly. I was intrigued by the idea of two art institutions imitating each other and wanted to leave a physical trace of this comparison. The sculpture remained against the building for several months, until it was struck by lightning.