Moriment

  Unfired clay, newspapers

  60 x 60 x 180 cm

 What makes Argia different from other cities

 is that it has earth instead of air. The streets

 are completely filled with dirt, clay packs the

 rooms to the ceiling, on every stair another

 stairway is set in negative, over the roofs of

 the houses hang layers of rocky terrain like

 skies with clouds. We do not know if the

 inhabitants can move about in the city, widening

 the worm tunnels and the crevices where roots twist:

 the dampness destroys people's bodies and they

 have scant strength; everyone is better off

 remaining still, prone; anyway, it is dark.

 Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

© Stathis Dimitriadis