Los Carpinteros

Torre Acostada

8050 Zürich
  • © Pierluigi Macor / Stadt Zürich KiöR («Neuer Norden Zürich»)

  • © Pierluigi Macor / Stadt Zürich KiöR («Neuer Norden Zürich»)

Acrylic glass, enamel paint, metal 258 × 380 × 760 cm

Founded in 1992 in Havana, Cuba, the artists’ collective Los Carpinteros (English: the carpenters) produce installations in a hybrid mixture of architecture and sculpture. Their archisculpture Torre Acostada (Reclining Tower) conjures up the notion that the tower is now resting horizontally, finally relieved of the laborious verticality that its constant monitoring and surveillance function entails. While walls with watchtowers are falling down in some places, new ones are being built elsewhere. Although their reclining tower is no longer capable of surveillance, this paradoxically makes us aware that in public places like restaurants, supermarkets, fashion shops, museums, universities, banks and railway lines, video surveillance has become commonplace.

Courtesy of the artists and Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich