serpentine gallery postbox
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries & studiomama

Commissioner: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries

Description: A larger and smaller iteration of a postbox for the Serpentine Gallery

Hans Ulrich Obrist chose an object because of his interest in postcards, which play an important role in contemporary art, and because the art of handwriting I slowly dying in this age of digitalization. Obrist also has a personal connection to postcards as he developed a passion for contemporary art as a young teen and started collecting postcards and curate exhibitions of his collection in his room. He has now started what he himself calls “a small movement” in order to save handwriting from dying out – he asks every artist, architect and poet that he meets to write or sketch something and then post it to his Instagram account.

“We have been thinking how wonderful it could be if visitors could actually send a postcard from the museum. They could tell a friend about the show, write about what they saw. There will be an immediacy to it.” – Hans Ulrich Obrist

The post-boxes have fluting detail on the exterior, created by using a spindle moulder on individual pieces of red oak which were then glued together. The mouth was created from a CNC-cut block of red oak.

“Wood as a material has always been central to what we do at Studiomama. We have a wood workshop and I love to be there. It is an ongoing learning curve when you work with wood because it is a living material. Understanding the grain and how it is going to move is always a lovely challenge. Wood is a plentiful, renewable material and in this age it is important to work with a sustainable material.” – Nina Tolstrup, Studiomama

Photos : Petr Krejci  

Serpentine postbox for the Serpentine galleries