24 Hour Roman Reconstruction Project
September 26 through 26, 2009
700 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701
A durational, participatory model-building extravaganza and dynamic history lesson, the 24 Hour Roman Reconstruction Project is a recreation of the ancient capital city in historical order. Over the course of 24 hours, more than a millennium of Roman history will be brought to life at Arthouse under the direction of Los Angeles-based artist Liz Glynn, and with the help of diverse Austin community collaborators and energetic volunteers. The giddy, almost manic progress will be photographed and recorded as night becomes day and day becomes night. The city will be constructed from salvaged building materials, like wood and cardboard, while special guests enact climatic moments of Roman history. Musical performances, poetry readings, scholarly lectures, architectural tours, hands-on workshops, athletic competitions and feasts are among the many planned events and activities that breathe life into the ancient historical record. In a spectacularly delirious finale, the kingdom is trampled and destroyed by a once constructive and now bloodthirsty team. Sounds like a mighty fine time to be had by all!