PARKED GARDEN: OBJECTS IN MIRRORS

Garden Experiment 1


Year


2006

Project Description


Speculative design for a temporary art pavilion in a parking lot.

Location


Street level parking lot in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Program


Temporary art pavilion

Scale


One parking spot

Budget


$10,000 Canadian

Client/Sponsor


ArtCity Festival of Art, Design and Architecture of Calgary, The City of Calgary, Calgary Arts Development

The Big Issue


The pervasive nature of parking lots in the urban fabric.

Idea


Utilize a mass-produced component of the automobile industry to camouflage a secret art garden.

"Sometimes we are not defined by what is there, but by what is not there. The horizontal nature of the urban parking lot is refracted in the reclaimed side-view mirrors that form the structure for a vertical sculpture garden. Open to the sky, the sinuous garden provides an ascending background for sculpture, while the lines of the parking lot are mixed with the image of the clouds above."

Team


Karla Sierralta, Brian Strawn

About The Festival


The Calgary 2006 ArtCity Festival addressed the idea of “Truth & Lies”. The request-for-proposal for the design of a small pavilion to be constructed along Stephen Avenue Mall was to reflect this same thought. The pavilion was to revisit how art relates to urban space as a display of undeniable truth, or an individual perspective intended to challenge accepted truths. How the pavilion negotiates a spatial relationship with the viewer, either to create empathy, or debate between the viewer and the artwork.

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