Architectural Palimpsest

A palimpsest is a manuscript page, either from a scroll or a book, from which the text has been either scraped or washed off so that the page can be reused, for another document. In contemporary usage, the denotation of the term palimpsest also is used in architecture, archaeology, and geomorphology.

Architecture built up memories. The past can never fully erased. Buildings were just like books. Old books can reused it and so do building. Old buildings were more likely to be disqualify in this modern world nowadays which they couldn’t escape the fate of being destroy. They meant to built together like sticking to each other, especially for apartment and the old unplanned layout of a residential area. So whenever a building is destroyed, there will be a mark on the surface of wall of the next-to building. The mark is basically the area involved from the damaged building, the layout pattern can also be observed for examples the built stairs. Unless you use paint to cover it, the mark will stick with the wall forever. This kind of  left mark is what I’m referring to, the architectural palimpsest.

♠Pablo S. Herrero_New Tree Murals

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♠Cleverly using the building’s architecture, the French street artist brought to life one of his signature characters with this man and his drill.


  ♠Les Carnets de Namo


After a several of research, I discover that my interest tend to be those palimpsest with art elements. More likely with streets art, however it’s always very obsessive with both black&White and colourful wall. The texture from the wall make a very good composition with painting. Sometimes even it’s the pattern/ layout leftover which created ‘Natural Art’.


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