Universal Adaptor

Tommy Perman & Michael Davidson

Complimentary to other elements within the wider installation, this piece is in part about encouraging attention towards the rich texture of applied elements, redundant fixtures and fittings which pepper the Closes. Easily overlooked, these assorted artefacts - redundant light fittings, brackets and grilles – are a historic layer which give hints towards occupants and activities of the past.

The Universal Adapter, keyed into the opening offered by a missing brick, mimics some of these redundant fixtures and offers a graphic representation of a universal power outlet; responding to an increasing reliance on electronic gadgetry and communications. The piece nods towards the multinational occupants regularly using this route between hotel and the touristic thoroughfare that is the Royal Mile, hinting at an openness to diversity.

The piece is cast in glass reinforced concrete with acid stained graphics.