Archive for April, 2010

I found some info on the stainless steel sculpture that rings the main stair in Lawrence Hall. It is “Cascade Circus” by Portland sculptor Bruce West, and dates from 1990. Notable aspects are the soft curves and varied colors/surfaces of the steel pieces. Some images from the UO Libraries image collection: Notice the substantial “gap” […]

The third prototype was a fairly straightforward response to the blank “gap” between the pipe bundle and the large heavily-used door. I used two branch pipes as points of connection, and stretched the form toward the door (it “clings” to both sides of the gap). Its tapered form abstracts the motion of someone rounding the […]

My 2nd cardboard prototype. A semi-direct response to the large vertical pipes running through the space. Its stepped heights also mimic the spiral motion of climbing the stairs. It contains a notion about nesting within a space left over by human activity (behind/within the pipe tangle). It was judged attractive, but not as fully/deeply responsive […]

The first of my built cardboard prototypes. The concept was that a wisp of the traffic going up the stairs swirled off (an eddy) and got caught among the overhead pipes. It also contained a notion about putting unwanted memories in at the bottom, and having them eventually rain out the top (perhaps years later). […]

Translated into pipe form, this may be a valid minimalist solution for Lawrence Hall: Lunuganga: Branch Shelf from WOK Media The beauty of this simple shelf rests in its visual trickery of emerging from the wall. WOK Media’s Branch Shelf was inspired by trees submerged in water that the London-based designers encountered when they spent […]

Another example at the “fragmented” (but extremely dignified) end of the spectrum: Frédéric Ruyant Wooden Tribu Table: Low tables in natural-stained solid American walnut. via Frédéric Ruyant Wooden Tribu Table.

This begins to answer my question about how to interpret plastic forms in wood… BAAS.