baltimore
14/07/17

baltimore

BALTIMORE PUBLIC ART 2015

City of Baltimore “Hartford Bridge” public art Project, Baltimore MD. Expected date of completion, 2017.

Awarded as the final artist to design, fabricate and install a permanent installation through a pedestrian tunnel within a public park setting. The undulating concrete surface is meant to activate use: runners stretching before an exercise or use as a park bench. Landscaping, seating and lighting will be integrated into the final installation.

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concrete panels
06/07/17

concrete panels

CONCRETE PANELS – DUCTAL 2009

A joint endeavor between SUM/OTA+, Lafarge Industries and Concreteworks.

SUM/OTA+ was tasked with the challenge to showcase the exciting design potentials within Lafarge Industries’ new material Ductal: an ultra high strength concrete material that requires minimum internal reinforcing.  These wall panel prototypes where fabricated and shown at last years AIA (American Institute of architects) convention themed “Design For the New Decade”  in Miami, FL, as well as a “pop up” gallery in South Park, San Francisco, hosted by Concreteworks.

The goal of the designs where to exhibit the dynamic qualities of the material; ephemeral qualities such as “lightness” and “airiness” that come from the latent ability of Ductal to make products which are thinner and require less reinforcement.

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flux event space
06/07/17

flux event space

FLUX EVENT SPACE 2009

The FLUX installation, developed by a team of CCA faculty and students, explores the possibilities of parametric modeling and digital fabrication.  Through the use of parametric modeling and software scripts, the installation design can be quickly updated to address new design criteria. From the thickness of the ribs to the overall twisting geometry: a result of the exhibition content and ergonomic considerations, the geometry is controlled through a complex set of relationships that weave curation, layout, assembly and overall effect simultaneously.

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leafscape
05/07/17

leafscape

 

LEAFSCAPE 2007

Our proposal was selected as the winning entry for a public arts competition sponsored by the Alameda Arts Commission for the new Castro Valley, CA public library.

The inspiration for this permanent installation borrows from botanical growth patterns in nature. The installation is comprised of over 600 modulating “leaf” units that find structure in pairs. The material used in this installation are sheets of flexible polypropylene. Each side of the leaf pairs are asymmetrical in geometry that cause the leaves to undulate in particular patterns.  Collectively, the leaf surface functions as a light collector: mixing natural and artificial light between its folds.

It is intended that the color palate of the installation be interchanged seasonally, annually or as future interior design work dictates.

Project team:

John Heida, Mahsa Vanaki, Raphael Stargrove & Will Warne

Fabrication team: Marc Mintsioulis & Charlotte Hofstetter

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flow-zone
06/07/15

flow-zone

FLOW-ZONE 2015

Design collaboration with Thom Faulders of Faulders Studio Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TRI-MET). Winning Commission, TRI-MET Public Art Commission for the McLoughlin Blvd. Overpass at Kellog Creek, Milwaukie.

Flow-Zone is a permanent urban installation on the underside of the new MAX Orange Line overpass where it runs parallel with high-traffic McLoughlin Boulevard. Created as a way to activate the 1,700-foot long new Corten steel structure, the raised pattern is composed of nearly 2000 vibrant green aluminum fin elements, or “botts,” individually placed to form an intricate geometric design upon the bridge. The cumulative field enlivens the underside of the bridge, transforming the underutilized and typically dark area into a desirable public space for local residents and passing commuters.

The botts are placed in alignment with the localized traffic flows on the multi-use Trolley Trail and roadways below, rather than conforming to the geometry of the structure. Finding inspiration in the irregular formations of flocks and cloud formations, the 800-foot long artwork visually pools and separates when viewed from different vantage points. Round light reflectors fastened to each bott registers the passing lights of cyclists and automobiles, illuminating Flow-Zone and creating a dynamic presence at night.

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emergent landscape
14/07/12

emergent landscape

Emergent Landscape

The New Wishard Hospital Public Art Project, Indianapolis, IN 2011

Selected as one of four finalists to prepare a proposal for the New Wishard Hospital, Women’s Entry atrium space, emerging Landscape seeks to reinterpret a primary building material, concrete, capitalizing on its fluid possibilities. Through juxtaposition with the surrounding rigid precast panels, the emerging landscape becomes a series of “fluid planes.” To create these subtle, nature-inspired forms, dynamic software algorithms are derived that simulate naturally occurring processes translated into computer code.

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senstate
14/07/10

senstate

 

SFMOMA: SENSATE 2009

SENSATE: BODIES AND DESIGN-design / fabrication of a relief wall ‘graphic’ embedded into the entry wall of the exhibition at SFMOMA

Part signage and part landscape, the effects of the installation move between content (typography) and abstract surface depending on the location of the viewer.  Successive iterations that altered the varying degrees of surface manipulation were necessary during the design process to mitigate this delicate balance of content and surface.

“From August 7, 2009 through November 8, 2009, SFMOMA will present Sensate: Bodies and Design, an exhibition of works by architects, designers and artists that represent new ways of thinking about the entanglement of human bodies and the designed world. Mutant bodies, fictional bodies, animate architecture: these are among the show’s provocations as it offers evidence of a lively contemporary debate about what bodies are and how they might be mirrored…”

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sfac event space
15/07/05

sfac event space

SFAC EVENT SPACE 2005

A collaboration with Jordan Geiger.

Meant to be installed and broken down in less than an hour, the installation was part of a fundraising even for the San Francisco Public Art Commission. The lightweight ply panels are zip tied together to create curvature and structure.

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