Dull Roar
Drawings on paper and vellum, inflatables, motors, wooden platform, mixed media

Lombard-Freid Projects, NY
Castello di Rivoli, Italy as part of T1: Triennale Torino


Dull Roar invites viewers entering the gallery to walk on an elevated wooden platform up to an observation deck from which they can watch the repetitive motion of an inflatable building rising and collapsing, a model of Pruitt-Igoe, the infamous 1950s housing project in St. Louis. Designed by Minoru Yamasaki on the modernist premises of Le Corbusier’s ideal residential habitat, the initial plan sought to incorporate “three essential joys of urbanism: sun, space and greenery.” Safe democratic space would encourage safe democratic living. 

Sixteen years later on April 21, 1972 the public demolition of Pruitt-Igoe began amid a sea of spectators. Charles Jenks would later remark, “Modern architecture died in St. Louis, Missouri on July 15, 1972 at 3:32 pm when the infamous Pruitt-Igoe scheme, or rather several of its slab blocks, were given the final coup de grace by dynamite.”

The rubble of Pruitt-Igoe was carted off to serve as landfill for luxury homes being built in the suburb of Ladue, Missouri—the most expensive neighborhood in North America in 1972.