The Empire State Building, the Sears Tower, Petronas Twin Towers, Taipei 101 and the Burj Khalifa of Dubai have been rescaled and reformed with silk and then inflated, resulting in some pathetic structures. In What’s up there, anyhow?, Marcia Huyer scales down some of the world’s tallest structures. Inflated both literally and symbolically these structures once stood as the tallest in the world only to be outdone by their successors. Huyer’s structures bend and droop, their material reminiscent of second-rate proms and bridesmaid dresses. Light, playful and just a little bit tragic.
Michelle Bush Director of Eastern Edge in 2009
Essay by Katie Bethune-Leaman