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 el 2 Sep 2008 por Alicia Rodríguez Mediavilla

From Box To Box

A box is not just a box. In the right hands, it can adopt different conformations and become art

Cratehouse, a building sculpture made out of plastic crates
Cratehouse, a building sculpture made out of plastic crates
Cratehouse, a building sculpture made out of plastic crates The plastic crates rest on top of two metal containers Dot Riveted Drawing Room, another installation inspired by a box
It’s all about boxes. That’s probably what the two German artists, Wolfgang Winter and Berthold Horbelt, might have thought when devising this building?, sculpture? Actually, what they have done is fit together one of top of the other a few hundreds of plastic crates, the ones used to carry bottled drinks to pubs and bars. Then they placed the whole crate sculpture on top of two metal containers and the result has become the city landmark.

You can visit it in Castleford, a town in West Yorkshire, England. We don’t know about its usefulness: housing, meeting chamber, improvised pub for local old students reunions… It is a truly bright splash of colourful, specially when the sun shines through, however it might turn quite chilly inside in winter and boiling hot in summer. Maybe that’s why it’s art, ‘cause there’s no need for it to be useful.

Also a box, but rather bigger, is the core element of this other work of art: Dot Riveted Drawing Room. It’s a box, capable of hosting people in the inside. It’s being exhibited at Lord Armstrong’s country house in Northumberland, England.

The revolutionary Lord Armstrong’s home is property of the National Trust since 1977. Some time ago, the original house had to close for conservation works, and they decided to commission artist Tod Hansen to build this chamber to make up for the inconveniences to those visiting the stately home.

It seems to be inspired in one of the actual chambers of the original house and the artist tried to combine two styles: Victorian and Contemporary Industrial.
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