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 a period of research into the gobal architectural influence of hamams, the traditional bath houses from this area. This quickly 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 in the Israeli media and various online forums as it coincided with the military operation on the Gaza flotilla. Much of the debate in centred on questioning ‘how hard life in Gaza could be if such a Water Park could exist?’
The Crazy Water Park was burnt down by 40 masked individuals in September 2010.
This project was developed during an Esmée Fairburn residency at Cove Park.
The work was then fabricated at the Danish Art Workshops (whilst in residence) and was subsequently shown as part of ‘Between Here & Somewhere Else‘, Overgaden, Institute of contemporary Art, Copenhagen in 2010.
Materials: Plastic Laminated MDF, Paper, Paint and Powder Coated Steel
Dimensions: 1.7m 4.4m x 4.4m