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04/08/2022 - 14/01/2023

Contemporary - Commission


Mariana Castillo Deball - Roman Rubbish

Tue-Sat: 10-6pm; Sun: 12-5pm

London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE is delighted to announce its latest contemporary art commission, Roman Rubbish by Berlin-based Mexican artist Mariana Castillo Deball, opening 4 August 2022.

Roman Rubbish is an intricately-detailed, extensively-researched composition, inspired by the 14,000 Roman artefacts discovered on the site of Bloomberg’s European headquarters during the 2012 – 2014 archaeological excavations. The installation will comprise of towering pillars of ceramic sculptures, an elegant textile curtain and a wax feature wall with delicate inscriptions.

Roman Rubbish will use repetition and variation, allowing a narrative to emerge: a short story centred around the items found on the site, including ceramic vessels, combs, amulets and other personal objects. Deball is interested in how these objects, once discarded by their Roman owners, have been rediscovered perfectly preserved centuries later.

For her commission, Deball will assemble oversized ceramic representations of these objects into columns, standing at over three metres tall. Showcased together, these unique yet similar artefacts will highlight the vast variety of objects left behind by the City of London’s predecessors.


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