Les Halles, 2011
Materials: cardboard, tape, plexiglas, coloured paper, glue, paint
Approximate scale: 1 footstep = 1.5 cm of cardboard
Dimensions: 350 x 160 x 83 cm
This work, based on the recently demolished The Forum des Halles in Paris (1979 – 2011), explores the complex derelict knot of rail and Métro interchanges, subterranean retail chain stores, tunnels, and passageways that made up this site. Damaged, fifthly found cardboard is used to recreate the hallways of the underground shopping mall; black gaffer tape clads the deep penetrating escalator shafts; and 70’s orange and turquoise blue fill the underground level of the RER rapid train station housed in the bowels of this former building.