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LAND STUDIO SUBMISSION MATERIALS // 2016

These 16 images are separated in three sections:

  1. Work samples generally related to the project
  2. Work samples thematically related to the project (part of the accompanying book & indoor gallery exhibition for this project)
  3. Drawings & maquettes for the proposed project

(scroll down to view images)

SECTION 1 - WORK SAMPLES GENERALLY RELATED TO THE PROJECT

IMAGE # 1 TITLE: SALT CHAMBER INTERIOR - UNDERNEATH IS BEFORE (1.29.16 - 3.25.16) (8'x8'x6') LOCATION: SPACES, Cleveland DESCRIPTION: This immersive room gave an impression of being in the salt mine under Lake Erie. Actual salt mine workers toured the exhibit and said it was convincing. MATERIALS: 1000 pounds of salt, 300 pounds of wax, darkness, audio system ROLE IN PROJECT: I designed, fabricated, and installed the salt chamber, ambient sound provided by John Daniel.

IMAGE # 1

TITLE: SALT CHAMBER INTERIOR - UNDERNEATH IS BEFORE (1.29.16 - 3.25.16) (8'x8'x6')

LOCATION: SPACES, Cleveland

DESCRIPTION: This immersive room gave an impression of being in the salt mine under Lake Erie. Actual salt mine workers toured the exhibit and said it was convincing.

MATERIALS: 1000 pounds of salt, 300 pounds of wax, darkness, audio system

ROLE IN PROJECT: I designed, fabricated, and installed the salt chamber, ambient sound provided by John Daniel.

IMAGE # 2 TITLE: SALT BOULDER ON PLINTH (after Brinsley Tyrrell) - UNDERNEATH IS BEFORE (1.29.16-5.15.16) LOCATION: SPACES, Cleveland DESCRIPTION: This is a recreation of Salt of the City, a 1996 and 2000 work by Brinsley Tyrrell. I wanted to tie this Cleveland legacy into the narrative of UNDERNEATH IS BEFORE and I obtained permission to recreate this work as part of the show. The salt boulder was a gift from Mr. Tyrrell. MATERIALS: 1000 pound salt boulder ROLE IN PROJECT: I retrieved the boulder from Mr. Tyrrell's Ravenna studio and placed it atop the plinth with assistance from a landscape/hard-scape installation crew.

IMAGE # 2

TITLE: SALT BOULDER ON PLINTH (after Brinsley Tyrrell) - UNDERNEATH IS BEFORE (1.29.16-5.15.16)

LOCATION: SPACES, Cleveland

DESCRIPTION: This is a recreation of Salt of the City, a 1996 and 2000 work by Brinsley Tyrrell. I wanted to tie this Cleveland legacy into the narrative of UNDERNEATH IS BEFORE and I obtained permission to recreate this work as part of the show. The salt boulder was a gift from Mr. Tyrrell.

MATERIALS: 1000 pound salt boulder

ROLE IN PROJECT: I retrieved the boulder from Mr. Tyrrell's Ravenna studio and placed it atop the plinth with assistance from a landscape/hard-scape installation crew.

IMAGE # 3 (retrieved from Cleveland.com, 11.1.16) TITLE: SPRING THERAPY (2014) (interior view) LOCATION: Cleveland Mini-Maker Faire, Cleveland Public Library, Downtown Branch DESCRIPTION: This temporary booth structure gave visitors an immersive sensation of the audio and visual sensory overload of springtime on a dreary Cleveland winter day by using focus strategies, video tricks like frame-relative motion, and auditory illusions including binary rhythms. Over 800 people stopped by the booth, over 500 people climbed inside. MATERIALS: honeycomb cardboard, EPS foam sheet, bolts, audio & video systems ROLE IN PROJECT: I designed and fabricated the booth, shot the video. John Daniel produced audio track.

IMAGE # 3 (retrieved from Cleveland.com, 11.1.16)

TITLE: SPRING THERAPY (2014) (interior view)

LOCATION: Cleveland Mini-Maker Faire, Cleveland Public Library, Downtown Branch

DESCRIPTION: This temporary booth structure gave visitors an immersive sensation of the audio and visual sensory overload of springtime on a dreary Cleveland winter day by using focus strategies, video tricks like frame-relative motion, and auditory illusions including binary rhythms. Over 800 people stopped by the booth, over 500 people climbed inside.

MATERIALS: honeycomb cardboard, EPS foam sheet, bolts, audio & video systems

ROLE IN PROJECT: I designed and fabricated the booth, shot the video. John Daniel produced audio track.

IMAGE # 4 TITLE: SPRING THERAPY (2014) (exterior view) LOCATION: Cleveland Mini-Maker Faire, Cleveland Public Library, Downtown Branch DESCRIPTION: The booth was assembled on site for a one-day event. The sides were open for air-flow, but once inside the booth the depth of field gave a sense of privacy. MATERIALS: honeycomb cardboard, EPS foam sheet, bolts, audio & video systems ROLE IN PROJECT: I designed and fabricated the booth, shot the video. John Daniel produced audio track.

IMAGE # 4

TITLE: SPRING THERAPY (2014) (exterior view)

LOCATION: Cleveland Mini-Maker Faire, Cleveland Public Library, Downtown Branch

DESCRIPTION: The booth was assembled on site for a one-day event. The sides were open for air-flow, but once inside the booth the depth of field gave a sense of privacy.

MATERIALS: honeycomb cardboard, EPS foam sheet, bolts, audio & video systems

ROLE IN PROJECT: I designed and fabricated the booth, shot the video. John Daniel produced audio track.

IMAGE # 5 TITLE: EROSION / ACCRETION (2015) LOCATION: Castle Valley, Utah DESCRIPTION: A sandstone hood ornament and collection boxes were attached to a taxi driving from New York to Los Angeles for a project called The Drive by Guillaume Le Vallois. The idea was to build analog sensors that looked at wind-based erosion and the accumulation of debris and sedimentation to see if distance could stand in as a measure of time in geomorphological terms. MATERIALS: sandstone, wax, brackets & bolts, paint ROLE IN PROJECT: I designed the project and fabricated the objects. Dru McKeown installed the objects on the taxi and 3D scanned the objects for project documentation.

IMAGE # 5

TITLE: EROSION / ACCRETION (2015)

LOCATION: Castle Valley, Utah

DESCRIPTION: A sandstone hood ornament and collection boxes were attached to a taxi driving from New York to Los Angeles for a project called The Drive by Guillaume Le Vallois. The idea was to build analog sensors that looked at wind-based erosion and the accumulation of debris and sedimentation to see if distance could stand in as a measure of time in geomorphological terms.

MATERIALS: sandstone, wax, brackets & bolts, paint

ROLE IN PROJECT: I designed the project and fabricated the objects. Dru McKeown installed the objects on the taxi and 3D scanned the objects for project documentation.

SECTION 2 - WORK SAMPLES THEMATICALLY RELATED TO THE PROJECT

IMAGE # 6 TITLE: COMING TO TERMS WITH MY GLACIAL NOW (ongoing) LOCATION: The terminal moraine of the last glacial maximum (~40,000 years ago). DESCRIPTION: In this project I embody a glacial force to make a mark. I built a hand tool that held a block of ice with embedded granite stones and used it to scribe a line into a slab of limestone at multiple sites of glacial significance around the Great Lakes region. The motion is reminiscent of carpentry techniques and each block of ice is a consumable that lasted approximately 20 minutes of continual grinding motion. Video documentation available.  MATERIALS: poplar, hardware, ice, granite, limestone

IMAGE # 6

TITLE: COMING TO TERMS WITH MY GLACIAL NOW (ongoing)

LOCATION: The terminal moraine of the last glacial maximum (~40,000 years ago).

DESCRIPTION: In this project I embody a glacial force to make a mark. I built a hand tool that held a block of ice with embedded granite stones and used it to scribe a line into a slab of limestone at multiple sites of glacial significance around the Great Lakes region. The motion is reminiscent of carpentry techniques and each block of ice is a consumable that lasted approximately 20 minutes of continual grinding motion. Video documentation available. 

MATERIALS: poplar, hardware, ice, granite, limestone

IMAGE # 7 TITLE: LAND PLANE (2016) (duration: 5 hours) LOCATION: my studio DESCRIPTION: In this project I embody the glacial ice to make a mark. Supply chains move granite massive distances, faster and farther than natural glaciers move granite erratics, and I wanted to use that concept to play with how human systems are often able to surpass natural systems. In our era, the most common use for supply-chain delivered granite is counter top manufacturing. I took a piece of granite backsplash and used it to grind a stone smooth with a repetitive planing motion over five hours. MATERIALS: granite back-splash, stone

IMAGE # 7

TITLE: LAND PLANE (2016) (duration: 5 hours)

LOCATION: my studio

DESCRIPTION: In this project I embody the glacial ice to make a mark. Supply chains move granite massive distances, faster and farther than natural glaciers move granite erratics, and I wanted to use that concept to play with how human systems are often able to surpass natural systems. In our era, the most common use for supply-chain delivered granite is counter top manufacturing. I took a piece of granite backsplash and used it to grind a stone smooth with a repetitive planing motion over five hours.

MATERIALS: granite back-splash, stone

IMAGE # 8 TITLE: SEQUENCE STONES (plan views) LOCATION: models DESCRIPTION: The broader 3-tiered project that this fits into is an attempt to specify a design language for how to prime landscapes to change in controlled ways over long stretches of time, specifically how a future glacier could use placed objects as cutting tools to make marks in the landscape. The basic idea in this image is to show some of the ways that sequences of cutting tools could be arranged. MATERIALS: maquettes carved from 3M high density carving foam

IMAGE # 8

TITLE: SEQUENCE STONES (plan views)

LOCATION: models

DESCRIPTION: The broader 3-tiered project that this fits into is an attempt to specify a design language for how to prime landscapes to change in controlled ways over long stretches of time, specifically how a future glacier could use placed objects as cutting tools to make marks in the landscape. The basic idea in this image is to show some of the ways that sequences of cutting tools could be arranged.

MATERIALS: maquettes carved from 3M high density carving foam

IMAGE # 9 TITLE: SAMPLE GROOVE PROFILES (section views) LOCATION: models DESCRIPTION: The idea in this image is to show some of the section views of the types of groove profiles that could be prescribed using particular arrangements of cutting tools. Site considerations including hardness of substrate, hardness of cutting tool material, and cutting tool function are all a part of the design language and are specified in the accompanying book and gallery exhibition. MATERIALS: cast cement models

IMAGE # 9

TITLE: SAMPLE GROOVE PROFILES (section views)

LOCATION: models

DESCRIPTION: The idea in this image is to show some of the section views of the types of groove profiles that could be prescribed using particular arrangements of cutting tools. Site considerations including hardness of substrate, hardness of cutting tool material, and cutting tool function are all a part of the design language and are specified in the accompanying book and gallery exhibition.

MATERIALS: cast cement models

IMAGE # 10 TITLE: TYPES OF IMPLEMENTS FOR FUTURE GLACIAL SCOURING (slide) LOCATION: Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative DESCRIPTION: This is a slide from a talk I gave at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative about the Implements for Future Glacial Scouring project on October 28, 2016 (video link). There are eight different types of cutting tools that are in the design language and each of them can be deployed in a way that enables a prediction of what the resulting landscape could look like after the next glacier - the simulations will be part of the gallery exhibition.

IMAGE # 10

TITLE: TYPES OF IMPLEMENTS FOR FUTURE GLACIAL SCOURING (slide)

LOCATION: Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative

DESCRIPTION: This is a slide from a talk I gave at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative about the Implements for Future Glacial Scouring project on October 28, 2016 (video link). There are eight different types of cutting tools that are in the design language and each of them can be deployed in a way that enables a prediction of what the resulting landscape could look like after the next glacier - the simulations will be part of the gallery exhibition.

SECTION 3 - DRAWINGS & MAQUETTES FOR PROPOSED PROJECT

IMAGE # 11 TITLE: RECONSTRUCTED BOULDER SITE DRAWING LOCATION: Mall B DESCRIPTION: I want to place four reconstructed boulders on the northern edge of Mall B and suggest to site visitors what it might look like if those objects were harnessed by a glacier. Interpretive stations pepper the lawn, including multiple viewing stations made of cut HDPE panel with didactic/interpretive pieces, and also suggested path lines marked out in powdered granite similar to athletic field chalking (optional). The four faceted boulders will be fabricated on welded angle iron frames clad in pattern-cut pieces of granite counter top. The granite pieces will be through-bolted to the steel frames. The faceted shapes are reminiscent of stylized boulders and will stand out as silhouetted forms against the horizon line of the northern edge of Mall B and will look great under a heavy cloudy Cleveland sky, and visual access onto Mall B from above will help people visualize the linear path lines. This could also work on Mall C with some modifications. MATERIALS: angle iron, granite, bolts

IMAGE # 11

TITLE: RECONSTRUCTED BOULDER SITE DRAWING

LOCATION: Mall B

DESCRIPTION: I want to place four reconstructed boulders on the northern edge of Mall B and suggest to site visitors what it might look like if those objects were harnessed by a glacier. Interpretive stations pepper the lawn, including multiple viewing stations made of cut HDPE panel with didactic/interpretive pieces, and also suggested path lines marked out in powdered granite similar to athletic field chalking (optional). The four faceted boulders will be fabricated on welded angle iron frames clad in pattern-cut pieces of granite counter top. The granite pieces will be through-bolted to the steel frames. The faceted shapes are reminiscent of stylized boulders and will stand out as silhouetted forms against the horizon line of the northern edge of Mall B and will look great under a heavy cloudy Cleveland sky, and visual access onto Mall B from above will help people visualize the linear path lines. This could also work on Mall C with some modifications.

MATERIALS: angle iron, granite, bolts

IMAGE # 12 TITLE: RECONSTRUCTED BOULDER TYPE 1 (side view, front approach) LOCATION: Mall B DESCRIPTION: By cladding these faceted frames with pieces of polished granite counter tops, visitors will encounter a material that they are familiar with from domestic life in the public realm and the tangible form of the stylized boulder will reify the abstract idea that granite comes from somewhere. At the same time this raises the opportunity to inform visitors about the glacial history of the geophysical place where Cleveland is and to help visitors imagine what future glaciation could bring to our city. MATERIALS: angle iron, granite counter tops, bolts

IMAGE # 12

TITLE: RECONSTRUCTED BOULDER TYPE 1 (side view, front approach)

LOCATION: Mall B

DESCRIPTION: By cladding these faceted frames with pieces of polished granite counter tops, visitors will encounter a material that they are familiar with from domestic life in the public realm and the tangible form of the stylized boulder will reify the abstract idea that granite comes from somewhere. At the same time this raises the opportunity to inform visitors about the glacial history of the geophysical place where Cleveland is and to help visitors imagine what future glaciation could bring to our city.

MATERIALS: angle iron, granite counter tops, bolts

IMAGE # 13 TITLE: RECONSTRUCTED BOULDER TYPE 2 (plan view) LOCATION: Mall B DESCRIPTION: This type of reconstructed boulder is too heavy to install at the scale necessary to make any visual impact on Mall B, but I wanted to show it here because in the final permanent realization and installation of this project I plan to have a field of these boulders at smaller scales scattered romantically in the landscape. As visitors walk into the field they see the faceted faces of the stones that can almost appear natural, then as they walk past the stones the rectilinear forms of the fractured slabs reveal the human touch of manufacturing. They will be fabricated from the waste products of counter top installation (sink cut-outs, drops, etc).   MATERIALS: granite, stainless steel threaded rod & hardware

IMAGE # 13

TITLE: RECONSTRUCTED BOULDER TYPE 2 (plan view)

LOCATION: Mall B

DESCRIPTION: This type of reconstructed boulder is too heavy to install at the scale necessary to make any visual impact on Mall B, but I wanted to show it here because in the final permanent realization and installation of this project I plan to have a field of these boulders at smaller scales scattered romantically in the landscape. As visitors walk into the field they see the faceted faces of the stones that can almost appear natural, then as they walk past the stones the rectilinear forms of the fractured slabs reveal the human touch of manufacturing. They will be fabricated from the waste products of counter top installation (sink cut-outs, drops, etc).  

MATERIALS: granite, stainless steel threaded rod & hardware

IMAGE # 14 TITLE: ICEBOX SITE DRAWING LOCATION: Mall C DESCRIPTION: This is a different type of object, a stainless steel welded box that in permanent installation is left to collect rainwater over time before freezing and becoming activated to plow furrows into the landscape. In the placement on Mall C, the furrowing is suggested by either sod plantings or geotextile dredge socks (filled with DRY sand) placed under the rolled metal bottom of the ICEBOX object. Furrowing moves from one end of the field up to the ICEBOX object and terminates under the object, leaving the face with a visible contour that visitors can see. Visual access onto Mall C from above will give this treatment a sense of dynamism with a leading line to suggest motion using cognitive simulation (a psychological trick). MATERIALS: rolled stainless steel, seam welded, stainless welded wire screen

IMAGE # 14

TITLE: ICEBOX SITE DRAWING

LOCATION: Mall C

DESCRIPTION: This is a different type of object, a stainless steel welded box that in permanent installation is left to collect rainwater over time before freezing and becoming activated to plow furrows into the landscape. In the placement on Mall C, the furrowing is suggested by either sod plantings or geotextile dredge socks (filled with DRY sand) placed under the rolled metal bottom of the ICEBOX object. Furrowing moves from one end of the field up to the ICEBOX object and terminates under the object, leaving the face with a visible contour that visitors can see. Visual access onto Mall C from above will give this treatment a sense of dynamism with a leading line to suggest motion using cognitive simulation (a psychological trick).

MATERIALS: rolled stainless steel, seam welded, stainless welded wire screen

IMAGE # 15 TITLE: ICEBOX (side view, oblique approach) LOCATION: Mall C DESCRIPTION: ICEBOX is designed to collect water while evaporating over time before refilling, it responds to the climate by rocking back and forth on the middle hump, but since that isn't safe for a public venue, building up the furrows underneath the object will still give the impression of its function without putting anyone in danger of being crushed by a rocking object. A welded safety screen prevents people from climbing inside of the object, and the rainwater inside the tank can be treated to prohibit mosquito breeding. MATERIALS: rolled stainless steel, seam welded, stainless welded wire screen

IMAGE # 15

TITLE: ICEBOX (side view, oblique approach)

LOCATION: Mall C

DESCRIPTION: ICEBOX is designed to collect water while evaporating over time before refilling, it responds to the climate by rocking back and forth on the middle hump, but since that isn't safe for a public venue, building up the furrows underneath the object will still give the impression of its function without putting anyone in danger of being crushed by a rocking object. A welded safety screen prevents people from climbing inside of the object, and the rainwater inside the tank can be treated to prohibit mosquito breeding.

MATERIALS: rolled stainless steel, seam welded, stainless welded wire screen

IMAGE # 16 TITLE: ICEBOX (bottom view) LOCATION: Mall C DESCRIPTION: The contours of the base are designed to plow into clay. The models in the gallery exhibit will show this plowing action and the furrowing effect in actual beds of glacial clay and the Mall C installation will suggest the furrowing. MATERIALS: rolled stainless steel, seam welded, stainless welded wire screen

IMAGE # 16

TITLE: ICEBOX (bottom view)

LOCATION: Mall C

DESCRIPTION: The contours of the base are designed to plow into clay. The models in the gallery exhibit will show this plowing action and the furrowing effect in actual beds of glacial clay and the Mall C installation will suggest the furrowing.

MATERIALS: rolled stainless steel, seam welded, stainless welded wire screen

 

Thanks for taking the time to look at this.

If you're interested in finding out more about the concept before we talk, here is a button that will take you to the video that the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative made of the talk I gave in October about my project. The video has my slides and a rich Q&A segment: