Faulty Towers: 'Ephemicropolis' by Peter Root

Faulty Towers: 'Ephemicropolis' by Peter Root

Ronee Saroff
May 27, 2010

British artist Peter Root makes incredibly intricate sculptural cities out of everyday objects. His latest work, Ephemicropolis, is a series of tessellated towers made from carefully assembled stacks of staples that replicate the form and density of an urban metropolis.

Using labor-intensive procedures of construction and assemblage, Root builds "pure structures" without glue or any other type of adhesive: "My work often takes the form of extremely fragile, temporary arrangements, with works subject to micro-apocalyptic events such as a light breeze or a falling leaf." As such, these tiny cities explore themes of impermanence, fragility, repetition, and scale in ways that reflect the evolution and vulnerability of urban design.

See more of Root's ephemeral installations, including a precariously teetering landscape of decaying potatoes slices, at his site: Peter Root.

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