Luis Úrculo (born 1978 in Madrid, Spain; lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico).
HD video; color; 6 min 41 sec.
“Covers is an investigation about architecture as a consumption object or souvenir and its relation with the domestic non-specialized language of everyday things. The work is a reconstruction and review of iconic monumental pieces of architecture whose image is built by objects to change the perception of this universal masterworks. The concept is based on the music covers where the original is manipulated, re-represented, revisited to create something new.
“The list of originals covered in this work are the following: John Hancock Center (Skidmore, Owings & Merril), Guggenheim Museum New York (Frank Lloyd Wright), National Congress of Brazil (Oscar Niemeyer) Sears Tower (Skidmore, Owings & Merril), New Museum (SANAA), Marina City Towers (Bletrand Goldberg), Fallingwater House (Frank Lloyd Wright), Villa in the Forest (SANAA), Farnsworth House (Mies Van der Rohe), Wozocos (MVRDV).”
—”Covers/Version,” Luis Úrculo website.
“Architect Luis Úrculo and artist Cristina Blanco collaboratively sought to represent the most well-known architectural landmarks with daily domestic objects. Their video project Covers includes these quotidian devices, translating them into ensemble of popular objects, like a stack of plates or a few Hi-Fi systems. During the performance, Úrculo and Blanco demonstrated that the Guggenheim Museum New York is personified in our kitchens every day.”
—Gonzalo Herrero Delicado and María José Marcos, “Performing Architecture,” Domus, December 20, 2011.
Shown above: Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House (top), Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum (middle), and Niemeyer’s National Congress of Brazil (bottom).