Thursday Salute to Originals: Homage to the Lost Spaces
In “Homage to the Lost Spaces”, artist Mike Hewson recaptures the history of a damaged building slated for demolition. The Cranmer Courts Building, located in Hewson’s hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand, will be demolished due to damage from an intense earthquake. To celebrate the history of the building before its demise, Hewson uses the boarded planes of plywood as billboard-like art pieces, depicting former residents of the building during their everyday routines.
We salute Hewson’s work for bringing context (the “how” and the “where”) to the forefront of architecture. Stripping away physical layers to uncover meaning through historical references, Hewson’s training as a civil engineer makes his work even more poignant.