Posted on June 9th, 2011 by kpierson

Posted under: Installations + Exhibitions

The NADAAA Gwangju installation is sited on a corner of historic importance, where the Old City wall once stood: a massive stone fortification that protected the city, and in turn gave it form. The current site is characterized by a road crossing with a diverse set of scales and building types that anchor each corner, a site in transition. Its width does not display the possibility of an intervention of any scale or gravitas of its historic counterpart. Its ground is strewn with infrastructure: electrical posts, sewer connections, street lights, and other technical paraphernalia that refute the possibility of inhabiting or redefining the ground. In turn, the street edge is defined by a row of trees, delicately placed within the remaining spaces such that their roots may find some traction as they navigate the corner. Our proposal, then is lodged in that interstitial space, between the ground and the sky, enmeshed in the natural space of the trees. While defining the corner, the installation is chameleonic; encrytped within the logic of the branches, a tensegrity structure floats overhead around the corner giving body to the space that was once occupied by the city wall.

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