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Awnings 1-5, 2001

Installation, 5 elements of various dimensions
Known for her Post-Minimalist sculptures that are close to industrial design and modern architecture, Rita McBride takes visible but almost anonymous elements from the urban landscape in order to interpret their dimensions and materials. Pipes, air-conditioning systems and public seating are transformed into sculptures when placed in the context of a museum.
Awnings 1–5 consists of five purple structures hanging from the wall. As the form and title of the work suggests, it recalls those awnings or canopies that give sheltered access to establishments like boutiques or restaurants. Their placement inside the museum space modifies their function and utility, turning them into sculptural elements.

Technical details

Original title:
Awnings 1-5
Registration number:
5064
Artist:
McBride, Rita
Date created:
2001
Date acquired:
2013
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Object type:
Installation
Media:
Vinyl, aluminium and rope
Dimensions:
5 elements of various dimensions
Credits:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation. Work purchased thanks to María Entrecanales
Copyright:
© Rita McBride, VEGAP, Barcelona
It has accessibility resources:
Yes

Accessibility resources
High-relief image
Texts in braille

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While there are ideas about psychological and emotional developmental processes held within the sculptures I make, the things themselves are actual physical explorations into thinking, feeling, communicating and relating.
Karla Black