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Packing the Gaps

A commission for Associated British Ports during the Green Port Hull development.

In contemporary contexts, Shipping Containers go beyond referencing the age of globalisation and commerce. Instead, they have become tropes that allude to worldwide migration, displacement of communities and the smuggling of vulnerable people.

Each window cut into this container is a portal – the viewers are denied the ability to see inside, but in fact are invited to see beyond. Holes are boarded up and structures made from sandbags and sacks fortify the space.

Here, materials used in the shipping processes take on new narratives – referencing vernacular architectures and memorialising something more sobering against the otherwise auspicious blue of the container shell.

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