Plastic Identification Tool
Soon (inside) (Ground Zero), Isa Genzken, 2008
Collection Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
Sculpture, 244 x 429,5 x 6 cm (h x w x d)

Plastic mirror frames: Kartell (brand), made of polycarbonate. Other materials in the artwork: synthetic polymer spray paint, photos, traces of glue, mirror film, coloured tape, stickers, paper

The artwork consists of elven plastic frames, most of them with mirror. They are presented in a specific arrangement as one ensemble on the wall. The work was a proposal for the competition to design the memorial at Ground Zero, the area in Manhattan that was destroyed in the attacks of September 11th 2001.

The artist happened to be in New York when the attacks took place on 11 September 2001 and she made several proposals for a memorial. These became a series of assemblages named ‘Ground Zero’, consisting of seven sculptures, each a scale model for the design competition. One of these is ‘Soon (Inside) (Ground Zero)’. The eleven panels refer to the date of the attacks. The missing mirrors and the spray painted panels represent the ruins of the Twin Towers and the New York street scene.

Frames: Polycarbonate (PC)
Mirror sheet: Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)
Mirror tape: Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)

Brown tape: Polypropylene (PP)

The work of Isa Genzken (Germany, 1948) centres on critical reflection of social structures. Her oeuvre is multifaceted, both in form and material. Genzken makes installations, films, videos, paintings, works on paper, photos and artist books. She works with wood, plaster, epoxy resin, concrete and in particular often with plastics and synthetic materials such as everyday consumer goods.

The work is stable and in good state. Condition and adhesion of the paint to the plastic frames are checked regularly for signs of deterioration.

Exhibition and Storage
The panels are stored hanging on painting racks. For exhibition they are hung according to the instructions drawn up by the artist. The distances between the mirror frames are highly specific.

Polycarbonate (PC)
Polyethylene (PE)
Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PREVENTIVE CONSERVATION The paint and the adhesive of the tape are the most sensitive materials in this artwork. Considering the general stability of the materials the recommendations for polypropylene can be followed. Click on the plastics for their specific recommendations.