Rita McBride
White Elephant (Wall)
White Elephant (Wall)
2003
Rita McBride is known for her Post-minimalist sculptures closely related to industrial production and modern architecture. McBride, however, is not only a producer of objects, but also is interested in the situations which derive from them, be they performative or textual. The artist takes elements from the urban landscape to question them by altering their dimensions, colours and materials, and bringing them into the artificial space of museums, so that pipework and ventilation ducts take on a new artistic condition. In Servants and Slaves (Domestic), the spaces and elements which serve the city (drains, kitchens, garages) remind us of the role which class struggle has played in industrialisation.

And in White Elephant (Wall), she converts a part of an air-conditioning system which is normally situated on the city’s roofs into a luminous and non-polluting object. Its title comes from the expression used in English when an object is useless or a cause is lost; the expression’s origins lie in a myth about the birth of Buddha.
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original title
White Elephant (Wall)
year of acquisition
2015
type of object
Sculpture
dimensions
40 x 60 x 70 cm
accessibility resources
Audioguia
registration number
R.5278
date
2003
fonds
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
media
Copper and steel
credits
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium. Gift of Brenda R. Potter
Copyright
© Rita McBride, VEGAP, Barcelona
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