Forte Marghera, Via Forte Marghera 30, Mestre
May 23rd – November 26th
Open 10 – 22 every day
Fort Intemporal is a site-specific project created by artist Wendy Krochmal and architect Bobby Fogel focussing on the revaluation of our environment. It is located in building number 29 of Forte Marghera, a former 19th century fortress part of the lagoon’s defensive system just a few miles from the centre of Venice. The mark of time has left the roofless building eroded with cracked floors and aged walls, yet the spirit of the place remains. In order to accentuate and honour the tradition of this crumbling space, Krochmal and Fogel decided to use the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi to reinforce the fractures caused by years of neglect, rendering the imperfections of the building unique and beautiful. In the tradition of Kintsugi, golden lacquer is used to emphasise imperfections and to make the mends and seams a distinctive and delicate part of the object, or in this case, the place. At Fort Intemporal the golden lacquer has been replaced with a mixture of topaz and golden coloured fragments of Murano glass, set in the cracks and crevices of the floor and walls of the building. The golden glass enhances the lines of damage, embracing the flaws of the space without trying to hide or repair them.