# ARCHITECTURES WITHOUT ARCHITECTS /// Tadashi Kawamata in Roosevelt Island

In 1992, Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata (see previous posts here and here) was commissioned to create an installation around the abandoned Small Pox Hospital on Roosevelt Island (NYC). Faithful to his craft language – he was using it for more than ten years already – Kawamata and his team produced a wooden labyrinthine structure whose rough aspect was strongly contrasting with Manhattan skyscrapers.
What is interesting here is not as much the final product than the three months that this group of people led by Kawamata needed to achieve the construction lightly embracing the heavy stones of the severe hospital.

 





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