A Sculptural Proposal For The Zocalo

(1999, 2004, 2006)

A Sculptural Proposal For The Zocalo
1999, 2004, 2006

1999 public art proposal submitted and ratified by CAEP
If realized: Flag, and 300-ton steel scaffold on pavement

2004 installation produced from original materials
Installation: 16 photographic panels and 1 video loop
Vertical Panoramas / Panels 1-6 (17 x 34 in).
Simulations 1-5 / Panels 9-13 (17 x 34 in).
Panels 6-8 & 14-16 (various dimensions),
Video Loop (Color, NTSC, 30 sec)

Installation at Queens Museum of Art, New York, 2006
Edition of 2

Adjacent to the Zocalo, Mexico's most important public square, is the country's central Cathedral, designated a world heritage site by UNESCO. After being threatened for hundreds of years by earthquakes and uneven sinking, an extensive restoration begun in 1989 saved the building from collapse. Throughout its nine year restoration, a mammoth green scaffold buttressed the interior, being readjusted every fifteen days along with the Cathedral's warped foundation.

When the restoration was complete, Lasch realized that the metal scaffold would be disassembled. He teasingly proposed to Mexico City's Commission of Art for Public Spaces (CAEP) that he reassemble the 300-ton structure as a temporary exhibition on the Zocalo, just as it had been in the cathedral. The CAEP enthusiastically accepted the proposal and recommended it to the government of Mexico City. One year and numerous negotiations later the project was abandonded due to the conflicts at the time between left and right governments of the city and the nation, respectively.

The installation created several years later follows the evolution of a project that began with the concept of an open square and an ephemeral monument of absurd dimensions.