As the 42 Phoenix Road demolition progresses, a Rachel Whiteread-a-like installation is emerging phoenix-like from the remains of the demolition of the entire row of locally listed buildings. A rump of a building completely filled in by concrete.
But, no, it’s not an artwork, it’s the result of a standoff between the developers of 42 Phoenix Road and the owners of Maria Fidelis School site over their shared wall. Last year, the school contractors filled a section of the old Maria Fidelis building with concrete and sealed it up, rather than enter into a party wall agreement with their neighbours. They have since applied for planning permission to keep the structure.
And at least with an artwork, locals can benefit by charging visitors!
Rachel’s installation was called ‘unlivable, controversial unforgettable’ – perhaps someone can write a review.