The truth of the matter is that House is not, properly speaking, a piece of sculpture or a work of art. It is a concrete cast of the interior space of a house - an ordinary, unmodified house. This 'work' does not represent an artist's idea of a house or of its association or anything - it is a literal filling of space with reinforced concrete. It could have been done by anyone, at any time, anywhere. There was nothing special about the house. There is nothing special about a cast of its interior spaces.
To foist such an ugly monument to non-imagination on the open green space of a working-class neighbourhood is to be doubly offensive. First, to the inhabitants, and second, to those artists who remember that the point of art is to work with materials in order to give expression to, or - if you will - make concrete, ideas.
East Barnet, Hertfordshire
30 NovemberReuse content