The Ethics of Dust by Jorge Otero-Pailos is installed in the oldest existing building in the Houses of Parliament. Over 50 metres long, this cast of Westminster Hall's east wall contains hundreds of years of surface pollution and dust held captive in translucent latex.
Showing how the work was conceived and made, this video explores Otero-Pailos's interest in centuries of dust and the techniques used to remove it from these ancient walls. Dr Michael Collins FSA and Malcom Hay give a history of the building and its survival through fire and bombs, Artangel's co-director Michael Morris gives context on producing site-specific art, and the artist takes us through the lengthy process of creating this illuminating project.
This video aims, like the work, to help people rethink what dirt is.
Find out more: artangel.org.uk/project/the-ethics-of-dust/