Life Guard - Ambulatory Sleeping Unit

Studio Orta - 0815
Studio Orta - 0815
Studio Orta - 0815

Date: 2007
Ref: 0803 / 0815
Materials: Military campbed, diverse textiles, silkscreen print, webbing, aluminum armatures
Dimensions: 70 x 65 x 195cm
Exhibition history: 2014 Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK; 2007 Galleria Continua Les Moulins, France
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta

Since 2002, Lucy Orta has been experimenting with Red Cross army surplus articles, stitching and incorporating bivouacs and overalls onto the linen canvases of camp-beds and first-aid stretchers. The rigid frames of the beds act as a framing device and their former function takes on a new meaning as the body is made more visible through the fabric additions. The figures seem to be supported by the frames of the beds, or supporting others – “Life Guard”, the body is also a fragile structure in need of warmth and protection.