Felipe Steinberg

Second Death

In Houston, you can find wood utility poles rotting as they lay horizontally on sidewalks near where they were originally in use. The authorities claim that the high cost of transportation and the little landscape “damage” the poles cause, is the reason why they don’t remove them. As a form of mummification and preservation, Felipe Steinberg will treat and varnish the wood professionally of one of the lying utility poles, located at Milam Street on the right side sidewalk between Berry Street and Holman Street. This project will create a discussion on everyday life, places, conditions and situations; discuss the circulation of materials and re-signification of forms; and interact with the urban landscape as a space of reconciliation and reflection.

Second Death | Felipe Steinberg | Round 9 (2017) | The Idea Fund