Apollo is a set of 3 elements, 3 distinct moments that make up an installation.
The first element is a bronze piece made from a stone that we see suspended, floating in space. This stone was stolen from one of the huge marble-filled carriages that surround the Parthenon today. This apparatus of rails and carriages are part of the measures taken by UNESCO to maintain these places: for every stone that falls there is a new one to fill that place, so there is no idea of a ruin, and the Parthenon, like many other monuments, is no longer the Parthenon but a replica built in exactly the same place.
Henrique Pavão likes to believe that he stole the last stone from the Parthenon and that the temple will fi- nally be a ruin, a romantic ruin. For this reason the second element is a very old image of the ruined temple. This image is presented through the projection of a glass slide (magic lantern). This projection intersects the stone, showing us part of it on its surface, leaving a void, its shadow in the projected image as if something was missing.
There is also a third element - a vinyl record; Brian Eno’s Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks, which primarily serves as a mask for projection, being still an inaudible soundtrack of this time crossing ,adding ano- ther layer even further away and opening a cosmic path for the future.
Overhead projector, Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks - Brian Eno with Daniel Lanois & Roger Eno (Extended Edition) 1983, magic lantern glass slide, bronze
Installation view, ‘Apollo’, Porta 14, Lisbon
Photo — Marco Pires
© 2023 Henrique Pavão