Plac Defilad, the parade ground on which the Palace of Culture and Science stands, was historically used for soviet propaganda in the form of military parades. Today, the military armament is no longer physically present but the ideas of oppression associated with it still exist within the shadow of the Palace. The area is empty but not empty of tension. The shadow parades itself on this stage that surrounds the palace.
Catching shadows is an imaginary concept. A ‘shadow catcher’ is thereforedeveloped within the realm of fictional architecture. It tells a story or in this case represents a history. The entrapment of the shadow happens in the project itself as representation of idea. It is captured in its representational form, drawing, lines that compose the narrative of a fiction developed from a real history.
The project folds the shadow of the Palace. Folding is associated with the idea of tidying, establishing order, putting away. The shadow is frozen at everyhour of its birthday, 22nd July 1955. The interface between shadow and city is materialised. In its materialisation the shadow absorbs the qualities of the city fabric and structure. It gains its texture. The shadows unfold and peel away from the city, then re-fold over themselves away from the Palace to their furthest point of reach, deleting overlapped areas.
© 2016 André Kong