This sculpture, developed on the brown site of the Saint Paul Ford Motor Co. Factory, is an architectural approach to public artwork and is an interesting departure from parametric design. As we researched the site, the history and intense geological conditions prompted us to create a simple sculptural form with a deep conceptual framework. Rather than creating a beacon or iconic piece, we decided to develop an immersive experience. Part pavilion, part sculpture, this piece compliments the context within which it sits.
Medium: Powder-Coated Aluminum/Steel, Stainless Steel
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Size: 16′ x 36′ x 14′
The piece can be considered a pavilion, a passageway, a gateway, or even a remnant from the past. It is a space of reflection, quiet, and pause. All elements of this proposal were carefully molded and formed to reference the geology and history of the site in some way. From the grid-like pavers to the prescribed geometries of the walls, every aspect of the project references man made geological and environmental changes to the site. The purpose of the site is to remember histories and look to futures, and the goal of this proposal is much the same.