For 30 years, late architect Clive Entwistle’s archive of designs lay abandoned in a New York storeroom. Now, granddaughter Sarah Entwistle, an architect in her own right, has revived those plans in an unlikely, yet long overdue, collaboration with Le Corbusier.
The self-dubbed ‘temporary artist’ describes her sculptural intervention as a ‘three-way collaboration’ between herself, her grandfather and the Swiss-French architect.
Clive Entwistle, who passed in 1976, crossed paths with the revered Swiss-French architect and the pair made plans to produce projects together. But, like many of Entwistle’s schemes, they remained unrealised.
Sarah Entwistle has at last brought the two together, conceiving a ‘constellation of objects’ inspired by her grandfather’s designs and ideas within Le Corbusier’s former apartment in Paris.
By drawing conceptually and aesthetically from both parties she has created tension between ‘what’s authentic to the space and what’s an addition’. The subject of authenticity takes on significance at a moment when the apartment itself is about to undergo restoration work.
‘It changed over the 30 years that Le Corbusier lived here, so there are questions about which era to look at for the restoration,’ says Entwistle. ‘My extra layer complicates that.’
Entwistle grew up with little awareness of her grandfather’s work, which preceded the advent of the conceptual architecture movement.
He had a reputation and self image that were strongly hinged on ‘the consummation and manifestation of ideas’, and his failure to build relegated him to a kind of ‘self purgatory’, she says.
It was only during her 10 years of training as an architect that Entwistle ‘slowly got a sense of Clive’s presence in the Modernist landscape’.
Thanks to her, Clive Entwistle’s influence is now entrenched in the home of one of Modernism’s forefathers.
‘He was my father, and i was an atom of him destined to grow into him’ runs at L’appartement-atelier de Le Corbusier in Paris until 6 December 2015. Sarah Entwistle’s experimental biography of Clive Entwistle, ‘Please Send this Book to my Mother’ is out now via Sternberg Press.