Photos - Collections - Hyperart Thomasson
Our interest was sparked by an article by Tim Barlass
"Bridge to nowhere : The Sydney relics whose purposes are lost to time"
and a follow up article
"Unearthed relics of Sydney and a few hungry trees: readers go hunting"
"We are talking Thomassons, more fully Hyperart Thomasson or Chogeijutsu Tomason,
a type of conceptual art named by Japanese artist Akasegawa Genpei in the 1980s.
It refers to a useless structure, piece of architecture or relic that has been preserved and has become a piece of art
in its own way. They didn't start out as conceptual art but have morphed into something that is viewed as such.
Sydney's full of them.
There's some 20 different
categories of Thomasson."
The Useless Staircase
The Useless Doorway
The Elevated Type
The Uyama- A sign or hoarding with letters missing
The Castella - A cuboid protuberance from a wall
The Live Burial - A roadside object which is partly submerged in concrete
The Boundary - A guardrail, fence or wall whose purpose is not immediately clear
The Devouring Tree - A tree which absorbs part of a fence or wire whilst still growing
The Useless Bridge
Evaporation - The fading of color on a sign, or a monument with parts missing
(End of Collections | Thomasson)