Ruth Barker

Romeo and Juliet (Temporary Memorial)

2005
Exterior, Plaza Building (Now Demolished), Eglinton Toll, Glasgow South Side
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Temporary work

 

 

Commissioning Agent: Self-initiated project.

Site: Plaza Building, Eglinton Toll, South Side, Glasgow

Description: Text-piece installed on the façade of the Plaza Building, Glasgow prior to demolition.

Materials: AO size gloss posters applied with wall-paper paste on top of existing promotional fly-posters.

Duration: June – October 2005

 

Text reads: 

Romeo

The pistol is a tube preceeded by a cartridge chamber, with the cartridge loaded at the rear. When the trigger is pulled, the hammer falls onto the firing pin. The pin compresses a spring, igniting the primer in the cartridge, causing the cartridge's powder to burn. The expanding gasses push the gun's slide backwards, propelling the bullet in a rotating action. 

 

Juliet

As the pistol is fired, the slide moves back and down under the pressure of the barrel link, unlocking the barrel to push the cartridge shell onto the ejector and out of the gun. Under the barrel is the recoil spring, reducing the slide's velocity as it rebounds backwards under the expansion of gases from the powder. The spring's plug is held in place by the barrel-bushing.