Monday, July 9, 2007

French Artist "Stupefied" by Graceland

Posted on Mon, Jul 9, 2007 at 4:00 AM

"It is not that big, it's not that fantastic, but it is where Elvis lived, so it is important."

That's Graceland, according to artist Alexandre Perigot, who has rendered Elvis' house entirely out of scaffolding for his art installation, Elvis House/Maison d'Elvis. The work -- on a 1:1 scale with the original and consisting of 500 separate pieces of piping -- was unveiled on Sunday, July 8th, inside the Tramway arts center in Glasgow, Scotland. What was Perigot thinking?

'The idea came to me when I used to live and work in the Montmartre area of Paris, and I used to see tour guides take people to the houses of Pablo Picasso and [philosopher Jacques] Derrida," Perigot is quoted as saying at "The buildings were really unremarkable but the crowds were drawn by the names associated with them and I was stupefied by that: You look at a building and it is nothing, but then you are told Derrida lived there and it's wow! The star system creates a new reality."

And as Perigot told Susan Mansfield of, scaffolders from around the world were eager to participate: "As soon as you say 'Elvis,' it's like you say 'God.'"

And what's more: Calls to the Tramway have been coming in in record numbers, the public wanting to know when Graceland is arriving. According to Perigot, "It's incredible. Elvis is alive!"

Unlike Pablo Picasso and Jacques Derrida.

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