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Nov
2010

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Lizzie Hughes, Second Empire State Building Piece

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A tower built from words weaves its way up through eighty floors of concrete, metal and glass. Bodies seated at desks one on top of the other, up, up, up higher into the sky. The impossibility of being there – swaying in the clouds of mundane conversations, structured by systems as rigid and organised as the shiny marble hallways that contain them.

An invisible intervention into the lives of eighty receptionists housed in offices within the empire state building, Hughes’ recorded phone conversations develop into a vertical journey with the uneven rhythm of an old elavator. The work connects us to the individuals within the building but also points us to their separatedness, from each other, from the ground, and from an environment appropriatly scaled for the human life within it.