Mikel Bergara


Mikel Bergara’s installation Savannah, 1995, consisted of four constructions resembling allegorical ruins, based on a group of log cabins that during the 17th century formed the original urban center of the American city that now bears this name. His project viewed the original log cabins as a model of utopian architecture that existed prior to the more familiar 18th-century projects of Étienne-Louis Boullée and Claude Nicolas Ledoux in Europe. By distributing what resembled scaffolding throughout the exhibition space, Bergara attempted to suggest the “ruins” of these cabins, rather than their intact structures.

The artist’s goal in this project was to envision a form of architecture capable of imitating nature without invading or assaulting it. The installation became a meditation on the ramifications of—and need for—a return to nature. Although there were no explicit references to

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