Filippo Tagliati's avatar Filippo Tagliati

This project is a site-specific installation that started out as a personal reaction to my desire to understand the story of this anonymous and long ago abandoned building. Ultimately I ended up questioning the idea of departure and relocation. The dismantled and abandoned status of this site makes it hard to believe that this location, in 126 years of history, served originally as a church, then as an Elementary school, a parochial school, a storage space, and even a food pantry. The central piece of my installation, an 86 foot long billboard wrapping around the side of the building, showcases the inside of the place as I found it. The reality of the events that led to this site’s condition is much less catastrophic and dramatic than that portrayed in my photographs. The community simply outgrew the church and the other buildings on Rumsey Street, they slowly abandoned them and they relocated to a bigger site. Time took care of the rest.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 76 feet
  • Medium: vinyl billboard, found objects, photos, projection, screens
  • Width: 40 feet
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 16 feet