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Bought Air

Projects, Sculpture, 2010

Made from carved plastic laminated MDF, a large marbled stack of paper and turquoise powder coated steel tubes 'Bought Air' was conceived after a trip to Palestine in 2010.  The work stands as series of architecture-like forms reminiscent of a leisure park in which visitors are invited to sit and read an archive of literature on Palestinian culture and the Israel-Palestine conflict.

I was interested in the importance of water within the occupied Palestinian territories and how it can question the role of leisure activities within an area often defined by conflict.

'Bought Air' came about after studying the global influence of the traditional bath houses from this area. This evolved into research into a number of failed water resorts in the region such as those on the Dead Sea (pictured). During this time the Crazy Water Park in Gaza became a much discussed topic on various online forums as it coincided with the Israeli military operation on the Gaza flotilla. Much of this debate centred on questioning how difficult life in Gaza could be if a Water Park could exist?

The Crazy Water Park was burnt down by 40 masked individuals in September 2010.

'Bought Air' was conceived after a trip to Palestine. Further research was carried out during an Esmée Fairburn residency at Cove Park. The work was then made whilst on a residency at the Danish Art Workshops in Copenhagen and subsequently shown as part of 'Between Here & Somewhere Else‘, Overgaden, Institute of contemporary Art, Copenhagen in 2010.

Elements from 'Bought Air' will also be exhibited in 'Reclaimed – The Second Life of Sculpture’, Glasgow International, 2014

‘Bought Air’
  • Title: ‘Bought Air’
  • Materials: Plastic Laminated MDF, Paper, Paint and Powder Coated Steel.
  • Dimensions: 1.7m 4.4m x 4.4m
‘Bought Air’
  • Title: ‘Bought Air’
  • Materials: Plastic Laminated MDF, Paper, Paint and Powder Coated Steel.
  • Dimensions: 1.7m 4.4m x 4.4m
‘Bought Air’
  • Title: ‘Bought Air’
  • Materials: Plastic Laminated MDF, Paper, Paint and Powder Coated Steel.
  • Dimensions: 1.7m 4.4m x 4.4m
‘Bought Air’
  • Title: ‘Bought Air’
  • Materials: Plastic Laminated MDF, Paper, Paint and Powder Coated Steel.
  • Dimensions: 1.7m 4.4m x 4.4m
‘Bought Air’
  • Title: ‘Bought Air’
  • Materials: Plastic Laminated MDF, Paper, Paint and Powder Coated Steel.
  • Dimensions: 1.7m 4.4m x 4.4m
‘Bought Air’
  • Title: ‘Bought Air’
  • Materials: Plastic Laminated MDF, Paper, Paint and Powder Coated Steel.
  • Dimensions: 1.7m 4.4m x 4.4m