Urban Life Guard - Ambulatory Sleeping Linen

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Date: 2002
Ref: 0808
Materials: Folding campbed structure, linen tarp, PU coated poyamide, Solden Lycra, various fabrics, zippers silkscreen print
Dimensions: 70 x 65 x 195 cm
Exhibition history: 2022 La Patinoire Royale Galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels, Belgium; 2016 Attenborough Art Centre, Leicester, UK
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta / Photo : Vincent Everarts

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.