Stairs & Lacuna (Brussels/Rome)

Date: 2018
Medium: Stairs - Assembly of metal handrails with wood stairs Lacuna - Assembly of statues pieces with metal rods (plaster, brass, textile, wood)
© Pierre Antoine
Conceived and produced for Passer-by exhibition, these stairs pay tribute to Galeries Lafayette giving to the Art Nouveau handrails come from the department store and dismantled in 1974 a second use. It enables the visitor to take a much closer look at Lacuna and go to the Fondation's second floor.
Lacuna is conceived by Markus Proschek and Lucy McKenzie then produced in Lafayette Anticipations' workshop. It comprises six sculptural fragments that are copies of antique statues. Recreated by photogrammetry – the use of photography to ascertain measurements between objects – these forms have been modified by the artists to feature abstracted elements from Atelier E.B’s Jasperwear fashion collection arranged in the layout of a classical frieze. By highlighting the ‘dressed’ aspect of the statues, the artists draw attention to the fundamental similarities between sculpture and mannequins, and their equally pronounced differences.

Production specifications

The Fondation preserves and documents traces of the works at various stages of their creation (sketches, models, prototypes, etc.).
Installation de l'escalier à son emplacement définitif
06 February 2019
En atelier, pose des rampes d'escalier sur tiges métalliques
Pour simuler l'inclinaison finale, les rampes sont suspendues à des chaînes.
21 January 2019
Visite atelier Pierre Imbertèche
Moulage des sculptures fraisées par Créaform
23 November 2018
Première implantation des oeuvres dans l'espace
16 November 2018
Modélisations #2
Plan et élévation 3D de l'escalier
15 November 2018
Archives des Galeries Lafayette : plans et croquis de l'escalier
Archives des Galeries Lafayette, J246/005, plans et croquis de l'entreprise Sicope, Paris, mai 1974.
14 November 2018
Modélisations #1
Premières ébauches 3D de l'escalier
14 November 2018
Echange de mails avec Lucy McKenzie et Beca Lipscombe à propos de l'escalier
13 November 2018
Mesures de l'escalier restant aux Galeries Lafayette
24 October 2018
début fraisage des sculptures par Créaform
07 July 2018
Mise en route de la production pour l'expo : schéma de fonctionnement
23 March 2018