Eva Bachmann

Absent Presence accentuates an often unnoticed yet endemic architectural oddity. 

“Many bricked up windows date back to the ‘window tax’, “a property tax based on the number of windows in a house…To avoid the tax some houses from the period can be seen to have bricked-up window-spaces (ready to be glazed or reglazed at a later date), as a result of the tax. In England and Wales it was introduced in 1696 and was repealed in 1851, 156 years after first being introduce.” [i]

Surprisingly many bricked-up windows date from after 1851... To me, these ghostly imprints are the remains of the building’s blueprint. They wear their history on their sleeve, representing what was there but no longer is.  

[i] Wikipedia