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Demolished Published 1996

Not on display

'Demolished' is Whiteread's first series of prints. The prints originate in a set of twelve photographs of buildings being demolished in Hackney, East London taken between October 1993 and June 1995. There are four images of three demolition sites. The prints are similar to Whiteread's sculptures, in their suggestion of the trace of a human presence. The casts suggest the history of the objects: the people who used them and the things they contained. The tower blocks represent social neglect and poverty and are evocative of the countless lives lived within them.

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The production of a sculpture by use of a mould to make a copy, usually in a more durable material, of the original work. The term is used to describe both the process and the resulting object.


An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Cast, Print


  • Acc. No. GMA 4201
  • Medium Portfolio of 12 duo-tone screenprints
  • Size 48.90 x 74.40 cm (paper size)
  • Credit Purchased 1997