Troubled Space is a plaster cast landscape of a bleak elevated highway landscape.
The mould was an inverted single-use type constructed using waxed card, various glues and what seemed like kilometres of tape. As with most plaster casts this one had to be poured upside down but, due to the desire for a weighty base, the support structure required took some careful planning and execution. Naturally, all the joints and seams had to be exhaustively sealed to prevent leaks during the single pouring afforded by this type of mould.
The cast shown here is actually the result of a second attempt as a leaking roof caused the first mould to collapse before the plaster could harden appropriately. Although a valuable lesson was learnt in the importance of pouring locations (and that the ‘wetroom’ can sometimes have literal implications) the demand of a second mould afforded the chance to improve both mould-making technique and design.