Whiteout

Submitted by Chandler Ahrens

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Client: Indianapolis Art Center

Location: Indianapolis, IN, United States

Completion date: 2014

Artwork budget: $20,000

Project Team

Artist

Chandler Ahrens

Open Source Architecture

Artist

Aaron Sprecher

Open Source Architecture

Overview

Whiteout is a public art installation that embeds an aggregation of spaces together under a stretched fabric skin surface. During the day, the white surface unifies the collection of spaces, but at night the surface glows like a lantern where the shadow of the underlying structure is shown. The structure is made of douglas fir members connected by custom fabricated aluminum joints.

Goals

One of the main goals was to create an installation that generated curiosity and exploration by the viewers. What appears as a unique object in a garden, reveals the occupiable space within when approached. People are encouraged to wander into the spaces and look at the framed views of the landscape and sky through the windows created each of the spaces within. Thus, the piece encourages exploration and interaction through physical movement.

Process

The project was commissioned under a competition as part of a larger exhibition called Installation Nation. The members of both Primary Colors and the Indianapolis Art Center became valuable team members who help to determine the infrastructure and logistics that made such a large exhibition possible. They created a well attended event for the opening that provided valuable exposure for the event and artists.