Man In Regent Street
Rockets, nuclear weapons,
of HH bombs.
Not interested in ruins, (the picturesque)
re-enacts the obsession with destruction, the pummeling to which individuals and masses are subjected.
demonstrates man’s power to accelerate disintegrative processes of nature and to order them.
mirrors the compulsive perfectionism of arms manufacture – polishing to destruction point.
is the transformation of technology into public art.
The immense productive capacity, the chaos of
capitalism and of
the co-existence of surplus and starvation;
the increasing stock-piling of nuclear weapons – more than enough to destroy technological societies;
the d i s i n t e g r a t i v e effect of machinery and of life in vast built-up areas on the
which contains within itself an agent which automatically leads to its destruction
within a period of time not to exceed twenty years.
Other forms of
involve manual manipulation.
There are forms of auto-destructive art where
has a tight control over the nature and timing of
and there are other forms where the artist’s control is slight.
Materials and techniques used in creating
Canvas, Clay, Combustion, Compression, Concrete, Corrosion, Cybernetics,
Elasticity, Electricity, Electrolysis,
Heat, Human Energy,
Mass-production, Metal, Motion Picture,
Natural Forces, Nuclear Energy,
Paint, Paper, Photography, Plaster, Plastics, Pressure,
Sand, Solar Energy, Sound, Steam, Stress,
Water, Welding, Wire, Wood.
(From Gustav Metzler selections. Submitted by David Verghese)