Weak Monument: Architectures Beyond The Plinth by Roland Reemaa

Weak Monument: Architectures Beyond The Plinth

byRoland ReemaaEditorTadeás Ríha, Laura Linsi

Paperback | February 15, 2019

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Monuments represent power, but not universally. In Estonia, for example, the statue on the square never claimed the central position it occupies in the West. So where monuments do appear, they are rare and without tradition, a marginal presence that at times even gives the impression of cultural displacement. In the absence of explicit monuments, however, their role in Estonia has been richly filled by everyday architecture made implicitly symbolic: a stairway or stretch of pavement marking a politically charged location.

Weak Monument explores the distinction between monuments as explicit political objects and everyday architecture as implicit symbol. Around one hundred newly commissioned and archival images and drawings juxtapose traditional monuments with seemingly insignificant architectural objects and public spaces, alongside essays and brief texts that offer insight. Instead of explicit meanings inscribed in marble and bronze, they show an implicit meaning is often revealed that is all the more relevant, for what is only implicit cannot be openly questioned.
 
Tadeáš Ríha is an architect with 6a architects in London and was cocurator of the Estonian Pavilion at the International Architecture Exhibition of the 2018 Venice Biennale. Laura Linsi is an architect with East Architecture, Landscape, Urban Design Ltd. in London and cocurator of the Estonian Pavilion at the Inter...
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Title:Weak Monument: Architectures Beyond The PlinthFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:176 pages, 9.5 X 6 X 0.4 inShipping dimensions:176 pages, 9.5 X 6 X 0.4 inPublished:February 15, 2019Publisher:Park BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3038601152

ISBN - 13:9783038601159

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