Integrated with the site and the architecture, "The Huddle"addresses the school’s need for a shaded area outside the confines of the school building for parents, children, and staff to meet. Supporting the notion of universal access and meeting the needs of the wheelchair-bound children, the gently swaying bench is designed for both wheelchairs and traditional seating. The streaks of sunlight on the ground help guide partially sighted children to the school’s front entrance. Materials: Stainless steel, powder-coated aluminum. 10’ x 12’ x 22’
I set out to engage the public and foster a sense of community around an unlikely object or site. The works are spirited, accessible, and very often unexpected. By using industrial materials and disparate elements in functional and participatory ways, my artwork aims to encourage engagement with the site, the work, and among the public itself. I do this by considering behavioral design and incorporating dynamic elements activated by people and the weather.
Metalab provided design development and fabrication documentation services for the vertical structure. As construction managers they coordinated with the fabrication and installation contractors.
I often work with a visual vocabulary that doesn’t immediately telegraph its status as art, both as a tactic for fostering a sense of community and as a means of extending the possibilities of what a public artwork can be. As my starting point, I like to consider vernaculars that have been marginalized in some form: the controlled chaos of industrial infrastructure, the remnant an amusement park ride, or the aging tree in a public park. I take these abject artifacts and retrofit them to create a micro public square or landmark.
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