BANCO DE MENDOZA
Ironed and flattened thousands of found and gifted artificial flowers from China. Glue, wax paper, wood, string, wire, and metal. On the floor, 4 8’x4’ steel mirror finished metal sections make a reflecting surface that catches the building’s balcony, flowers, people looking into their reflection and the reflection of the Vitro copula. Built in 1888, Banco Mendoza, was the first bank in the province of Mendoza, Argentina. It was built in the style of French neoclassic architecture adding a monumental presence in a street corner of the commercial part of the city. The building has an institutional character presenting a space for business and transactions. In 1999 the institution was finally closed after a long history of irregularities, mismanagement, and abuses using the bank as a way to clear large amounts money by sending it outside the country and it was not in used until it became an
alternative art space.
Through thoughtful design incorporating an abundance of petals floating in space, I have attempted to create a mystifying space where for a short second the beauty of the object contradict our perception where guilt and pleasure try to coexist contrasting the in a globalized world of goods made in China.