Unbuilt: Small, Silent Museum

Robert Egert, Unbuilt: Museum, Conté on paper, 23" x 32", 2008

Unbuilt: Museum, Conté on paper, 23″ x 32″, 2008

The small silent museum is unmarked on most tourist maps and rarely visited. It is housed in a narrow, high-ceilinged palazzo that was abandoned in the war. Built with only a few, tiny windows the unventilated, ochre walls give off a vaguely moldy smell and if you drag your finger along their surface you will discover chalk on your fingertips. The main attraction is a sculptural fragment created by the ancient inhabitants, guarded by the bored son of a local grocer.

Unbuilt: Rue Des Martyrs

Robert Egert, Unbuilt: Rue Des Martyr, Conté on paper, 23" x 32", 2008

Unbuilt: Rue Des Martyr, Conté on paper, 23″ x 32″, 2008

We are on the top floor of a building in the Rue des Martyrs. The martyrs are those that fought underground during the War. The apartment has not changed. The wall-mounted sinks still hang in the stairway. The brown door pulls still mounted in the exact center of the door.