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Siah Armajani
Four Bridges
1974-1975
Balsa, bass, and hardwood; stain
Approx 26 x 45.7 x 12.1 cm each
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The bridge that connects and the house that shelters represent two modes of dwelling.

This work sees Armajani utilizing key concepts from German Philosopher Martin Heidegger’s essay “Building Dwelling Thinking”, specifically the concept of the bridge. Expressed by Heidegger as a phenomenological gathering of "the fourfold” - earth and sky, divinities and mortals - a bridge links two points in space, uniting landscape, and creating a neighborhood. This concept will go on to underpin many of Armajani’s future creations as well as his “Manifesto: Public Sculpture in the Context of American Democracy”