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Carlos Garaicoa

View From the Table of My House, in which crystal glasses, cutlery, and other small household

objects are arranged on a coffee table to form a miniature city. He later began examining the

demarcation of public and private space more closely, as evidenced in a more recent work, Yo

no quiero ver mas a mis vecinos (II) (I Don’t Want to See My Neighbor Anymore (II)) (2006),

consisting of several scaled-down versions of major walls, such as Hadrian’s Wall, the Great Wall

of China, and the Berlin Wall. The work suggests that walls prevent not only physical transit,

but the transmission of ideas as well. But when viewers climb over the knee-high structures,

the imposing restrictions and boundaries are surmounted. Influenced by Frank Gehry and

Santiago Calatrava, Garaicoa created the smaller-scale walls to address architectural issues

of impracticality and waste and to offer new ways of thinking about structures, especially the

restrictive nature of both physical and imaginary barriers. Dealing with boundaries is also a

theme in another interactive work Damas chinas (Chinese Checkers) (2008), in which viewers

play checkers with ample-size marbles on a larger-than-life board.