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“Construction with glass. Height 13 ft. Width 9' 6". Materials. Glass, metal, adhesive tape. Technique. The glass sheets suspended by adhesive tape fall onto the concrete ground in a pre-arranged sequence.”
Gustav Metzger

Metzger was a child refugee who arrived in the UK in 1939 on the Kindertransport. Other than the above description, there appears to be no documentation of his artwork ‘Construction with glass’ made in 1961.


Recreating Metzger’s auto-destructive installation was inspired by an encounter with David Fertig, a 93 year old man who was also on the Kindertransport. Fertig is an old German word meaning finished, ready. Throughout the film Fertig’s spoken testimony is interweaved with the falling sheets of glass.

Commissioned by the School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London. The film was screened at the V&A’s Museum of Childhood as part of Refugee week.

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