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October 14th, 2009 · Posted by Skuds in Life · No Comments · Life

Must be time for another trip up to London – the Tate Modern have unveiled the latest in the Unilever series of artworks for the Turbine Hall: How It Is by Miroslaw Balka. 

It is really hard to judge from a description or even a photograph what sort of impact a large-scale work like this can have.   It sounds a bit meh: a big box made to look like a shipping container that you can walk into, but it is dark inside…  but then the plastic boxes were a lot better than I expected, and the Weather Project far outshone ((sorry about that)) any mere description.

The Turbine Hall is a massive space, awesome in its own right when it is empty, and large-scale works can gain an extra impact just from the sheer scale, combined with the setting, so I’ll reserve judgement until I can see it for myself.

One thing is for sure, I’m not likely to be able to enjoy the sort of access the TV crews and journalists were getting, where they could walk into the box alone: the Tate Modern is always packed, and deservedly so.  Us average punters will probably be walking into the box in the company of a party of 30 students, unless we can find some way of being there when the doors open and before the school buses start to roll up.

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