When approached to make a piece of temporary public art, Belgian artist Gert Robijns came up with this: a replica of a slice of his childhood village, utterly wiped of personality, color, or spirit. "I got the idea to make a parallel world for my dead grandfather," Robijns tells Dezeen. "The idea was that the world was slightly changed while still repeating itself."
The project, a partial copy of Gotem, Belgium, features chunky white façades of a church and a house, built on the slightly deadened and overrun grounds of a former military airfield. From one angle, the town's buildings, made from chipboard on a metal frame, stand together, as austere and sterile as an operating room. Other vantage points reveal the structure's bones, the metal spines and joints that give away the village's imperfections. With its eeriness and strange inspiration, Robijns' installation is not terribly unlike fairytale cottage being built by an English artist to commemorate the life and death of a make-believe woman, though perhaps this version is slightly less nuts, if that's possible. The idyllic, if off-putting, ghost town was dismantled in December; view another shot below.
· The Village by Gert Robijns [Dezeen]
· Artist Hatches Plan to Build House for Make-Believe Woman [Curbed National]
· All Artistry posts [Curbed National]