Golden Hour: from 8 minutes ago to what is yet to come, 2018
Site specific installation
Architecture is primarily a product of art and science made for inhabitation. It is born with a certain purpose then embraces and serves as background of changes and stories that happen inside of it. The relation of architecture and human is so long established that sometimes the building itself can tell a story.
Praisaneeyakan has a long an enduring history. It is originally built around 1871 as a mansion owned by Prajeenburi city governor. The governor married a daughter of British consul general at the time. He was shortly after accused of corruption, torture, and murder, and received capital punishment. There are some arguments 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 (literally post building), 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.
Praisaneeyakarn served as the postal museum until it was closed to the public a few years later. 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 future with its root to the past remaining strong.
Golden Hour is an installation facilitating the building’s ability to convey a glimpse into the future. 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 approximately at 5 pm everyday during the exhibition period and is best viewed at 5 pm on 28th of July, 2018.