We Are Eastside brought exhibition Birmingham The Magic City to the Liverpool Biennial in 2012, including a large freestanding sculpture by artist Bedwyr Williams that used the traditional lath plastering technique.
Queen & Crawford designed and built the structure of the lath room according to the proportions of a traditional â€˜box roomâ€™ found in a British house. Bedwyr was keen for a freestanding structure that the audience could peer through, allowing them to see all the techniques of construction.
In a performance, Williams plastered the space from the inside, closing himself in and the viewer out and transforming the structure from a series of transparent slatted screens to a solid room.
Thin strips of timber were attached to the timber frame at 6mm intervals, meaning that during the performance plaster could ooze through the gaps and create a solid element behind the wood.