Golden Hour: from 8 minutes ago to what is yet to come, 2018
Site specific installation
Dimensions variable ≈ 1.496 × 1013 cm.
Architecture is primarily a product of art and science made for inhabitation. It has been born with the certain purpose of dwelling but it also embraces and serves as a background for stories and transformations that happen inside of it. The relation between architecture and humans is so strong and long established that sometimes the buildings themselves tell the stories.
Praisaneeyakan has a long and enduring history. It was originally built around 1871 as a mansion owned by Prajeenburi city governor. The governor married a daughter of the British consul general at the time. He was shortly after accused of corruption, torture, and murder, and received capital punishment. It was rumoured that the death sentence was actually a consequence of political conflict caused by his marriage.
After his death, Thai government seized the mansion and turned it into Praisaneeyakan, the first post office in the history of Thailand. It went through associated practices such as being the telegram school until it was demolished to make way for construction of Phra Pok Klao bridge in 1982. The present Praisaneeyakan is a replica built in 2003, including only the façade and frontal gallery of the original building, reducing the depth from 53.5 metres to only 3.5 metres from front to back.
Praisaneeyakan served as the postal museum until it was closed to the public a few years later. It is a life-size extraction of Thailand’s first postal Office once stood on the site, including only the façade of the original building, educing the depth from 53.5 metres to only 3.5 metres from front to back. There has been a proposed plan to demolish and rebuild the replica with more functional space. There is yet to be a certain public announcement about its future.
The presence of the current Praisaneeyakan is now serving as a monument, a reminiscence to the similar-looking building in the past and its history. The building is bound to face a change in the near future.
Golden Hour is an installation facilitating Praisaneeyakan’s ability to convey a glimpse into the future. It consists of a 4 meter tall mirror placed in front of one of the windows of the façade of the building. The mirror lays on a scaffold with an inclination on 68 degrees, allowing the sunlight to project a light image of the window that it faces that reflects on the opposite side of the hollow building. The light rays in the shape of a window that is yet to be built appears as a mark of the magic moment, the indication of temporal flow, and the beginning of the end of day that leads further towards another beginning. The future window appears in the afternoon and it climbs up as the Sun goes down until being in its prospective placement approximately at 5 pm everyday during the exhibition period.