The Story of a Window (Collaboration with Matt Keegan)
Neon Parc, Melbourne, Australia
The Story of a Window (collaboration with Matt Keegan), 2010
Audio Text playing through window audio speaker:
3mm’s in thickness, the two glass windowpanes are held in place by grayish putty.
Equal in size to one another, the glass panes measure 870mm’s by 870mm’s.
An aluminum frame holds the two panes of glass in place, allowing light to enter, but hold the weather at bay.
Over time the molecular structure of the glass becomes more viscous and rigid.
The frame, 940mm’s by 1845mm’s is screwed directly into the masonry of the wall, holding it firmly in place.
The aluminum frame has moveable parts, allowing the panes of glass to slide up and down. Using a spring spiral balance to offset the weight, the inner, lower sash is able to slide upwards; the outer, upper sash slides downwards. The lower sash slides up 780mm’s. The upper sash slides down 780’s. Both leave an overlap of 100mm’s.
The outer frame sits at a distance of 240mm’s from the ceiling.
The sill sits 675mm’s from the floor. 125mm’s deep and 962mm’s in length – it offers enough space to lean your weight against it, or perhaps a glass of water.
The aluminum crossbar running horizontally, is 888mm long, 30mm high and 20mm deep. Bisecting the surface area of the window this bar creates two glass squares.
Although the window does not allow you to physically exit, it does provide choices and possibilities.
The window is currently locked.
Fixed to the aluminum frame is a simple locking device.
To lock and unlock one is required to either push with a thumb, or pull with a finger, towards, or away from the window itself, setting off the semi-circular motion of a locking device held in place by two philips-head screws.
Installed at the time of the buildings initial construction in the middle of the twentieth century, time has left its impression on the window. Paint, dirt and dust have marked and gathered in its recesses and cling to its glass panes.