No, it’s not a throwback to some half-realized project of Christo and Jean-Claude. It’s just justice getting a facelift. I’ve been noticing the courthouse for the past week or so – there’s something absurd and disturbing and just a bit entertaining about covering architecture in plastic. Not that our buildings aren’t riddled with all manner of synthetics already, from wiring to plumbing to carpets and vinyl galore. Even the base ingredients of cement and metal and wood have been so far removed from their original context of sand and mountain and forest. Adding a bit of polyester or pvc, what of it?
Still we seem attached to these standards by which we judge the legitimacy of material, what’s fabricated, what’s real. If it can’t be bought in bulk at the home depot, can we trust it then? Swear by it.
In the the right light, justice is almost invisible against an overcast sky.