Urban Life Guard - Ambulatory Sleeper

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Date: 2002
Ref: 0801
Materials: Steel structure, wheels, Kevlar, aluminium coated polyamide, PVC, various fabrics, zippers, aluminium armature
Dimensions: 200x100x80cm
Catalogued: p84, Lucy Orta Body Architecture, Verlag Silke Schreiber 2003
Exhibition history: 2002 Borderline, Komishche Oper Berlin, Germany; 2006 Chateau d'Avignon, Bouches du Rhone, France

Since 2002, Lucy Orta has been experimenting with Red Cross army surplus articles, stitching and incorporating bivouacs and overalls onto the linen canvases of camp-beds and first-aid stretchers. The rigid frames of the beds act as a framing device and their former function takes on a new meaning as the body is made more visible through the fabric additions. The figures seem to be supported by the frames of the beds, or supporting others – “Life Guard”, the body is also a fragile structure in need of warmth and protection.