Lost Architecture is Remembered with Sculptures of the Ivy That Once Covered It

What if, after the demolition of a neglected building, all that
was left behind was the leafy exoskeleton of ivy that once grew
up its outer walls? As shanty towns all along the Yuan River in
the Hunan province of China are dismantled, a piece of them
remains behind, paying tribute to their historical value in
this setting.
V Studio presents ‘Home for Boston Ivy,’
a recreation of
these building-shaped ivy structures in metal, which will serve
as a trellis for real ivy in the future. These welded shapes
will be placed within the new, modernized version of the city
so future inhabitants can get a sense of its past.

“Houses being covered with Boston ivy can be seen everywhere in
shanty towns,” they explain. “While presenting a picture of
harmonious coexistence between human and nature, it is also the
memory of a home for residents of shanty towns. When the ivy
attaches to the building and grows, it forms the turns and
enclosures of the space. V Studio’s artwork has pulled away the
building which the plant has attached to, and left only the
Boston ivy with twisted roots and gnarled branches in the shape
of the building.”

V Studio previously completed a series of sculptures relating
to the same theme, all using materials from the same site in
the Hunan Changde Yuanshui right bank shantytowns. ‘Sealing’
preserved building debris in a collection of cubes that
function as urban seating; information about each home that was
demolished is imprinted on the cement that contains the debris.

“At present, the shantytowns are being demolished,” they say
(translated from Chinese.) “In the near future, a modernized
metropolis will completely cover the area and all that is
available here will cease to exist. How to preserve the emory
of the old city and inject the memory of the origin into the
new town in the process of demolishing the old building and
building a new one is the basic starting point for the creation
of the series of works.”

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