Michele Horrigan bio / contact
What A Feeling!
Dantes Rock Phase
In Ruin Reconciled
Nature Obscured by Factory / Factory Obscured by Fog
A Very Reliable Performer
video, cast aluminium sculpture, archival image
The original apex of the Washington Monument weighs 100 ounces,
and was put in place on December 6, 1884. It was the largest single
piece of aluminium cast at the time, measuring 22.6cm x 13.9 cm, at
a time when aluminium was the most precious metal in the world.
The ceremony for the placement of the aluminum apex appeared as
a sketch on the front page of the Washington Post on December 7, 1884.
While the art of photography was well established by 1884, gale force
winds and driving rain at the 169 meter platform level precluded the
taking of an actual photo, and an artist's sketch of the event had to suffice.
the price of aluminium plummeted, de-appreciating the symbolic and
material value of the apex upon this symbol of the American state. The
placement of the apex in Washington was symbolically derived from
the vocabulary of freemasonry and the idea of an all-seeing eye, a way
of casting a net over all the activity below it, in the form of an imperialist
in the window of Tiffany’s jewellery store in New York and could be
viewed over by visitors who could later say they had "stepped over the
top of the Washington Monument.”
a residency at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in 2013. This object
was subsequently placed inside a jewelry store window in Galway
with images of the casting process viewed in a gallery closeby. The
artwork aims to suggest that skill sets from the foundry become ways
of resistance to forms of commodity and hierarchy.