The nylon stairs

More Do-Ho Suh, this time photographed by gravestmor's own Marcus Trimble. It's a set of stairs woven entirely from translucent nylon. Hanging in space.
Meanwhile, check out the previous post for information on Do-Ho Suh – and don't forget to stop by gravestmor: it's worth the trip.

Comments are moderated.

If it's not spam, it will appear here shortly!

Blogger eothen said...

Hi. This reminds me of this poem by Stephen Dunn.

(i'm hoping the lines survive intact, but if they don't, you can find the poem on

The Stairway

The architect wanted to build a stairway
and suspend it with silver, almost invisible
guy wires in a high-ceilinged room,
a stairway you couldn't ascend or descend
except in your dreams. But first —
because wild things are not easily seen
if what's around them is wild —
he'd make sure the house that housed it
was practical, built two-by-four by
two-by-four, slat by slat, without ornament.
The stairway would be an invitation
to anyone who felt invited by it,
and depending on your reaction he'd know
if friendship were possible.
The house he'd claim as his, but the stairway
would be designed to be ownerless,
tilted against any suggestion of a theology,
disappointing to those looking for politics.
Of course the architect knew
that over the years he'd have to build
other things the way others desired,
knew that to live in this world was to trade
a few industrious hours for one beautiful one.
Yet every night when he got home
he could imagine, as he walked in the door,
his stairway going nowhere, not for sale,
and maybe some you to whom nothing
about it need be explained, waiting,
the wine decanted, the night about to unfold.

(Stephen Dunn)

November 24, 2005 7:17 AM  
Blogger arq507 said...

Very interesting blog!. Greetings from Panama

November 24, 2005 10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gd gracious! do-ho suh's nylon tectonics seems to be a diametric opposite of rachel whiteread's cast architectural spaces...

suh:whiteread is, even if very crudely, nylon:plaster, translucency:opaque, installation:sculpture, voyeurism:blankstare, and more and more and more.

November 27, 2005 10:16 AM  
Blogger Geoff Manaugh said...

eothen - Nice Dunn poem; you could update it for the era of near-space balloon flights, and tow a staircase through the sky, sewn with nylon, hanging three miles from the bulbous bottom of a hot air balloon. (Or is that a Roald Dahl short story?)

And what's up, Carlos, how's Panama?

Michael - Good point. Perhaps Whiteread could do a cast of the inside of a Do-Ho Suh piece...?

November 27, 2005 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh ya, a Suh-Whiteread collaboration would be so wonderful. They could tentatively call it: 'Ghost vs Ghost'....

Whiteread once said that she'll pay homage to her own work by cast the space in her body when she dies and then tear away her body. Soh's next nylon project can be sewn from his own body, with all the detailings of the buttons on his shirt, the folds in his ears, the loose shoelaces - way cool!

November 28, 2005 1:17 PM  

Post a Comment