This work is titled “I Wish You Hadn’t Asked” – presumably the question was: what would it be like were the rain to fall within rather than outside of your home?
Created by The Glue Society (images by Nicolai Lorenzen) for the Sculpture By the Sea Festival in Denmark, this quaint but fully furnished one-story abode was built abroad, shipped in and outfitted with pipes that blast 200 liters per minute into its various rooms.
Most of this impressive torrent is recirculated back within the semi-closed system, sheeting down before being pumped back up from below the porous floorboards … like an endlessly-recycled, never-fixed ceiling link times a hundred thousand or so.
A combination of architecture and installation art, the piece concerns “that moment in a relationship when something is said, or done, that can’t be taken back. And the rot sets in.”
And it will play out as planned- while visitors can walk through now (with or without a raincoat) it will soon become a hostile and then downright dangerous place to occupy, before utterly falling apart. In many ways, it is simply a fast-forwarded look at the life of any human-built structure.
“A seemingly strong and stable relationship can sometimes reach a point where the arrival of a single question can sow a seed of doubt or destruction. This artwork allowed the audience to explore this downfall in a literal way. By entering an ordinary looking house, visitors discovered this one rained on the inside. Continuously. At the beginning of the 30 day experience, it was relatively exciting. But after a few days, the deterioration was palpable. And the rot had set in.”
“The Glue Society’s creative work encompasses everything from experiential and activation projects, entertainment and commercial direction, to art exhibitions, installations and sculpture. In response to its pioneering work balancing art and commerce, Creativity Magazine defined the creative group as ‘the experts at things which haven’t been done before’.”