Allegory Ruin Crisis

Allegory Ruin Crisis

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In the imagery of prior crises we see glimmers of a world turned upside down, a monument to ‘the destruction of the city by the South Sea’, investors riding a financial merry-go-round, priests and other religious figures gambling, traders tumbling from trees into a shallow sea. Ruin manifests itself as a perversion of values on a human, societal and architectural scale. The economy is anthropomorphised but equally, through the machinations of money, people are turned into things. Each crisis is marked by the fall of a significant monument or building. It is a sign of systemic collapse – architecture signifies coherence, grand schemes, a plan, a rational head.

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