UNBUILDING BLOCKS-All Along The Watchtower [Exhibition: I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine (Bob Dylan) at St Augustine's Tower, London 2015] Installation by Sumi Perera RE

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Installation: Paper, Textile, Clay, printmaking on Paper, Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric), Stone, Wood.

An attempt to swaddle & straddle The Tower. 'All Along the Watchtower', Dylan’s song inspired by a biblical reference to the Book of Isaiah [Chapter 21:verses 5-9] uses an unusual sequence: the order of events is reversed, builds up an epic ballad, and then suddenly cuts to the end leaving the listener to fill in all the blanks. The evolution of this installation : UB-AATW (Unbuilding Blocks-All Along the Watchtower) had a similar build-up. Initial ideas of swaddling the full length of the tower were abandoned due to health & safety issues, and the work moved to the inside of the tower, straddling certain areas from the roof to the base with some blank regions. Commentators of the song have observed that it was a mistake from beginning to end. A watch tower is not a road or a wall, you cannot go along it. St Augustine’s Tower is a clocktower, not a watchtower. UNBUILDING BLOCKS-All Along The Watchtower [UB-AATW], the installation references how obstacles (blocks) were encountered with alternate possibilities. A Collaboration with Suda Perera, my daughter who made the sculpture of Dylan 12 years ago (GCSE Art project) after we attended a concert to see/hear Bob Dylan perform.


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UNBUILDING BLOCKS-All Along The Watchtower [Exhibition: I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine (Bob Dylan) at St Augustine's Tower, London 2015]

Sumi Perera RE

United Kingdom

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Size: 7.5 W x 3937 H x 0 in

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