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    Degree Show 2007 installation

    Doug Johnston Apr 25 '07 7

    Skipping way ahead in the chronological order of this blog, Yuji and I have finished our degree show installation! It will be in Cranbrook Art Museum until May 11th. After that it will probably be permantently reinstalled in Cranbrook's Brookside Elementary school.

    Here is a practice version we had done a few weeks earlier:
    practice nest

    I'll have more images of the finished piece later, for now here are some photos from Yuji's Flickr site:

    A Nest
    A collaboration of Yuji Hsiao and Doug Johnston

    A Nest invites all visitors to enter inside to find their own comfortable spot. Furthermore, it is an invitation for people to find comfort together; a space of relaxation, contemplation, and conversation that is simultaneously public and private.
    A Nest is honest. The shell is transparent and the materials are visible and used candidly. The shell is made of polyethylene tubing, formed into a web structure that invites visitors to explore its lines. It provides a open yet clearly defined space, which curves in response to its situation in the gallery. The materials used are commonly available and the method of construction is relatively simple, yet results in a complex self-supporting surface. The construction method allows shell spaces to be built in many forms and sizes, and in a short time, while the material is suitable for interior or exterior applications and is reusable and recyclable. The shredded paper inside is all post-consumer, gathered from the Art Academy and from SOCRRA, a nearby recycling organization.

    Polyethylene Tubing, Zip-ties, fabric sleves, shredded paper



    • liberty bell
      Apr 25, 07 11:26 pm

      Congrats, Doug. It will be a great addition to the Brookside campus.

      Apr 26, 07 4:39 pm

      Can't wait to see it in person!

      Arjun Bhat
      Apr 26, 07 5:03 pm

      it reminds me of an installation done at the university of kansas by the grad class there -- a roughly 10' diameter steel sphere. after a couple of instances of finding it at the bottom of a nearby hill, with a large flattened path of grass on the slope, it was chained in place. any KU archinecters have a photo of that masterpiece?

      Apr 27, 07 12:46 am

      very nice

      Chili Davis
      Apr 27, 07 12:23 pm

      Doug, if you're interested, or if anyone else is for that matter, there are 2 studios at LTU who will be presenting their work for the Preservation as Provocation competition Tuesday May 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the UTLC building. This is primarily for the 4th year studio who tackled the project, but students in the 3rd year studio have an option to participate as well.

      Apr 27, 07 10:08 pm

      hope my t-shirt line blows up so i can get some loot to get my m.a. i.d. from there..... my friend tadd is in the m.a. arch program

      Apr 29, 07 11:33 am

      Wow... I can't believe you're already graduating! I met you before you even started at Cranbrook! Congratulations :)

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