URSULA NISTRUP

Eave, Malmö 2012

 

Site-specific roof and step construction made from galvanized iron and wood.
8.03 m length x 1 m depth.

 

An eave of a house is etymologically linked to the word
- eaves·drop
- intr.v. eaves·dropped, eaves·drop·ping, eaves·drops


To listen secretly to the private conversation of others. Probably back-formation from eavesdropper, one who eavesdrops, from Middle English evesdropper, from evesdrop, place where water falls from the eaves, from Old English yfesdrype. Note: Eave, the projecting overhang at the lower edge of a roof.

In the Middle Ages, small people where placed outside the walls, standing on small steps listening to conversations inside, where people were gathered while waiting to meet the king or other nobles. Those listening were known as ‘eavesdroppers’.

In this installation, an eave was built onto an internal, separating wall, behind which office spaces and ateliers were located.

 

 

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