A 360-degree panorama of the two giant plaster curtains during construction. They actually face each other, at Suyama Space.
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  • A 360-degree panorama of the two giant plaster curtains during construction. They actually face each other, at Suyama Space.

Every building you're in makes you do things; architecture stages you. Two 20-by-40-foot stage curtains made of ghostly white plaster are the latest installation at Suyama Space, the art gallery in an architectural firm downtown. They're at either side of the gallery facing each other, fragile towers. Incredibly, the curtains stand on their own, without being hung from anything. It took artist Ian McMahon an entire month to build them, and on opening day, a courier caught the edge of one curtain with his delivery and tore off a segment, which crashed to the floor. That was foreshadowing.

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You can also see the Before that led to this After. I've posted photographs I took of the making-of process on the jump of this post. It was a major labor, and McMahon did it all himself, locked into Suyama Space all night every night for a month.

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The artist's website has more of his work.