Ghost Banks
The facade of a bank has traditionally been designed to express the security of its holdings. Ghost Banks are a series of models and prints reconstructed from the facades of bank buildings that I have studied, such as the Chase-Manhattan bank in New York (reproduced as an inverted volume) and the Commonwealth Savings Bank of Australia (from the model of a promotional money box). In most instances the reconstruction stages a theatrical contradiction between the bank’s exterior expression and its structural function as a strongbox. Some contain an implicit reference to the concept of a ‘broken bank’ - a term that was used during the era of free-banking in America to describe a bank which had collapsed due to its issuing currency in excess of its holdings in specie. The Ghost Bank was one of these types - a spurious bank that didn't exist as a building and yet in whose name printed money was issued.
Money box (Commonwealth Bank of Australia) 2010 Postbank headquarters, Kreuzberg, Berlin 2011 One Chase-Manhattan Plaza, NY, 2011 First Bank of Washington, Washington DC 2011 Citizen's Bank, Alexandria V.A. 2011
       
Snowtown 2010 174-178 Broadway, Sydney 2016 164 Parramatta Road, Sydney 2017 101-103 Parramatta Road, Sydney 2017 CBA Taylor Square, Sydney