The delightfully spooky Gue(ho)st House designed by long-time creative partners Berdaguer & Péjus recently opened in France - just in time for Halloween! Formerly a prison, a school and then a funeral home, this extraordinary public art commission is covered in a white veil of high-density polystyrene that drips onto the landscape as well. Taking cues from Marcel Duchamp's wordplay: A Guest + A Host = A Ghost, the duo sought to evoke the ghosts of the building's former incarnations.
The sculptural Gue(ho)st House building is situated adjacent to the Delme Contemporary Art Center, which is housed in a former Synagogue located in a small town in the far northeastern corner of France. The public art commission was financed by the Ministry of Culture and Communication and a host of local public and private supporters to create a space that the entire community can enjoy.
The funeral parlor was transformed into a new reception area where school groups and other visitors will gather for educational programs. There is also a gallery and an inspiring studio space upstairs that will be made available to the occasional visiting artist. In a press release, the artists said of their latest project: “As the spatial projection of a collective psyche, the house becomes not only a place of emotions, perceptions and memories, but also a great mediation tool for the art centre.”
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images courtesy O.H.Dancy, CHD Art production, CAC la synagogue de Delme