“I myself shall continue living in my glass house where you can always see who comes to call; where everything hanging from the ceiling and the walls stays where it is as if by magic, where I sleep nights in a glass bed, under glass sheets, where the words Who I Am will sooner or later appear etched by a diamond.”
André Breton penned those words in 1928 in Nadja, one of the iconic works of the French surrealist movement. And almost 100 years later they find place in Gavin Murphy’s Remaking the Crust of the Earth, a new book which emerges from an exhibition held in the Irish Architectural Archive in the spring.
In one essay Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll introduces us to Paul Scheerbart who became known as ‘Glaspapa’ who dreamed of “a dazzling, festive frenzy of illuminated colour crystal” ushering in “a new environment…a new culture.”
Featuring a film-still essay about glass, new texts and archival material, Remaking considers glass in its myriad guises.