The Conservator (2013)    The Conservator  is a site-specific sculpture designed for The Soap Factory. This restoration machine was powered by a sprawling battery, where hundreds of cells were created from discarded zinc and copper etching plates, and fueled by a ferric chloride etching solution. Designed to polish a rusted I-beam within the gallery space, this process revealed a small space of gentrification within this post-industrial ruin. Through the process, the battery simultaneously erodes the plates, allowing it to hold a charge for just a few minutes.  In the reclaiming of industrial complexes, the impulse to polish the architecture has become almost habitual, cleansing the space of its industrial heritage, and marking its new existence. This installation reverses that practice, where the act of polishing brings a sharpened awareness of the labour that was once performed within the space.      The Conservator was produced with the support of The Soap Factory      Image:  The Conservator  (Installation View, The Soap Factory), copper plates, zinc plates, ferric chloride, etching on paper, foam, glass, wire, grinder, 2013.  Photo: Sarah Nienaber
       
     
 detail (battery): zinc plates, copper plates, glass, wire, ferric chloride.  Photo: Sarah Nienaber
       
     
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 Photo: Sarah Nienaber
       
     
 Photo: Sarah Nienaber
       
     
 zinc etching plates
       
     
 copper etching plate
       
     
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  The Conservator (2013)    The Conservator  is a site-specific sculpture designed for The Soap Factory. This restoration machine was powered by a sprawling battery, where hundreds of cells were created from discarded zinc and copper etching plates, and fueled by a ferric chloride etching solution. Designed to polish a rusted I-beam within the gallery space, this process revealed a small space of gentrification within this post-industrial ruin. Through the process, the battery simultaneously erodes the plates, allowing it to hold a charge for just a few minutes.  In the reclaiming of industrial complexes, the impulse to polish the architecture has become almost habitual, cleansing the space of its industrial heritage, and marking its new existence. This installation reverses that practice, where the act of polishing brings a sharpened awareness of the labour that was once performed within the space.      The Conservator was produced with the support of The Soap Factory      Image:  The Conservator  (Installation View, The Soap Factory), copper plates, zinc plates, ferric chloride, etching on paper, foam, glass, wire, grinder, 2013.  Photo: Sarah Nienaber
       
     

The Conservator (2013)

The Conservator is a site-specific sculpture designed for The Soap Factory. This restoration machine was powered by a sprawling battery, where hundreds of cells were created from discarded zinc and copper etching plates, and fueled by a ferric chloride etching solution. Designed to polish a rusted I-beam within the gallery space, this process revealed a small space of gentrification within this post-industrial ruin. Through the process, the battery simultaneously erodes the plates, allowing it to hold a charge for just a few minutes.

In the reclaiming of industrial complexes, the impulse to polish the architecture has become almost habitual, cleansing the space of its industrial heritage, and marking its new existence. This installation reverses that practice, where the act of polishing brings a sharpened awareness of the labour that was once performed within the space.  


The Conservator was produced with the support of The Soap Factory

 

Image: The Conservator (Installation View, The Soap Factory), copper plates, zinc plates, ferric chloride, etching on paper, foam, glass, wire, grinder, 2013.

Photo: Sarah Nienaber

 detail (battery): zinc plates, copper plates, glass, wire, ferric chloride.  Photo: Sarah Nienaber
       
     

detail (battery): zinc plates, copper plates, glass, wire, ferric chloride.

Photo: Sarah Nienaber

012conservatorsmall.jpg
       
     
010conservatorsmall.jpg
       
     
 Photo: Sarah Nienaber
       
     

Photo: Sarah Nienaber

 Photo: Sarah Nienaber
       
     

Photo: Sarah Nienaber

 zinc etching plates
       
     

zinc etching plates

 copper etching plate
       
     

copper etching plate

13.lyons_the conservator.jpg