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Architecture: Splore Installation

March 16, 2010

A combination of sculpture, painting and built form, this geometric installation is an engaging piece that blurs the boundary between art and architecture.

This installation is a collaborative project between artists Cut Collective and architect Jasper Middleton. Created for the Splore Festival at Tapapakanga Regional Park, south of Auckland, the dramatic sculpture is at once sculpture, painting and architecture, providing shelter for occupants while creating a sense of intrigue for passers-by.

The geometry is deliberately difficult to comprehend from a distance, as the structure has varying degrees of visual permeability from each side it is viewed. By designing a sculpture that the viewer interacts with, the team have created a truly engaging experience that blurs the boundary between art and architecture. The faceted, interlocking surfaces of the pavilion create a sculpture that appears to be a site-specific work wedged into its environs. However, whilst complex in appearance, the structure fits together from a single component shape in order to minimise construction costs and ease the process of relocation.

The work can be packed down and shipped to a new site, complete with a freshly painted surface if need be. The flat panels present a canvas that can be approached in any way the occasion or site may require.

The Splore festival ran in Kaiaua from 19-21 February 2010.

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