Projects initiated by Artangel are always intriguing so l get to them whenever I can. The Ethics of Dust works with the remarkable location and history of Westminster Hall and I, for one, found it a very powerful experience to walk between two layers of 400 years; the stone wall and the dust from that wall encased in latex. We visited on one of the busiest days of the year, with weddings and the summer tourist season in addition to the installation – maximum capacity was reached that morning. Westminster Hall itself is remarkable, the oldest building (over 900 years) in the Parliamentary Estate. These walls have witnessed the trials of Guy Fawkes and Charles 1st as well as many public ceremonies and lyings-in-state. Artist, architect and conservationist Jorge Otero-Pailos has worked with Artangel and the Parliamentary Estate for 5 years to clean the stone and produce the 50 metre long and 6 metre high latex cast holding the dust, soot and grime from past centuries.
It’s free to visit, you just have to book a time so get there if you can before it ends on the 1st September.