All that is solid

Pattu designed the second temporary installation of the YAP Istanbul Modern as a reminder of the past but also a statement about the imminent change the future holds.

Pattu, “All that is solid”, view of the installation at Istanbul Modern
The project “All that is solid” was designed by Pattu (Cem Kozar, Işıl Ünal), and its engineering and construction support has been provided by Metal Yapı.
According to Pattu, who were inspired by the industrial history of the area, the installation is not just a reminder of the past but also a statement about the imminent change the future holds, so that we can be more critical about it.
Pattu, “All that is solid”, view of the installation at Istanbul Modern
Pattu, “All that is solid”, view of the installation at Istanbul Modern

“Buildings are like anchors to memories because they tend to last longer than our human lifespan. But how solid are buildings? The fact that they are made of stone, cement and marble does not really make them last eternally. They can easily be gone in a day. So we borrowed a part of the famous quote ‘All that is solid melts into air.’

Our approach was to dissect the space around Istanbul Modern with all its elements and previous constructions, and reassemble them, showing the ephemeral side of architecture.

The design borrows geometries from past buildings that once stood in the area and crunches them together in a chaotic way. But this chaos starts making sense over the course of a day as the transparent shapes become opaque. Past geometries become visible, and invisible.”


until November 15, 2015
Pattu
All that is solid

organized by Istanbul Modern
in collaboration with MoMA/MoMA PS1
co-sponsored by Garanti Bank, Polimeks Holding and VitrA
Istanbul Modern
Karaköy, Meclis-i Mebusan Cad., İstanbul

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