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SCULPTURES UNDER CONSTRUCTION - URBAN LAND ART
The white supporting pipes are indispensible, for the weight of each water column would be too much for it to remain upright by itself. This was a pity, but by serendipity the white pipes form a logical vertical complement to the horizontal ducts, which had been installed just before this photo was taken.
The reason these photographs are not in color is that at that time black and white was more affordable and I waited for the project to be fully completed to make color slides. But calamity struck; after this test run, a few days later, the contractor came back to complete the leveling of the surrounding edges of the slab. The right edge still had dry areas. The boys who were doing the work had brought fluid Inertol with them. They heightened the left edge with it, for which Inertol was not the right product.... and to test if everything was level they turned the pump back on and all the bitumen floated into the pump system and the mess that resulted filled the beautiful transparent columns. Then I was called to come and look and tell them how to clean this. Well, of course I did not know how and spent the next days and weeks making many phone calls and referring the contractor to the company which made the acrylic columns. White spirits was the answer and they tried to clean the mess. Hairline cracks or crazing resulted in the material and one of the columns burst soon after this. The Plexiglas company replaced the column as the plaster model was still there. The crazing worsened and there were no more options but to reinforce the columns with a layer of fiberglass. The transparency would be lost. All that remained was a new situation where I had to accept the fact that translucency was the most we could get out of that. polyester yellows and I did not want that. So I decided that a color would be an option....