Jean Shin
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Transplanted Ornament , 2009

In collaboration with architect Brian Ripel

Decorative metal removed from security gates

Installation at Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, Brooklyn, New York

 

In Transplanted Ornament, the artists negotiated the removal of hundreds of decorative wrought iron elements from the security gates of Brooklyn brownstones in order to embellish the Brooklyn Public Library staircase.  Initially the wrought iron scrolls politely occupy their conventional spaces between the bars of the stair handrail. Slowly encroaching upon the central stairwell, the installation blossoms into a self-supported, free-form construction, as if finally liberated from its role as security.

 

 

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