We installed two monumental stars in a defunct tannery in Amilly, France. The structures, built in situ, spanned over thirty feet point to point. Using simple vernacular stud construction to deliver iconographic pow, they encouraged a fresh look at the spatial potentials of an industrial site in the process of transformation.
One seven pointed star hovered dexterously above the exhibition space clipped to the existing concrete structure. The second stepped out between columns on the ground floor, balancing precariously over the tannery tanks. The two mischievous protagonists performed in dialogue with the idiosyncrasies of the industrial building as well as the landscape beyond.
The three dimensional supergraphics, viewed from above, below and at eye level, engaged multiple and overlapping vantage points, suggesting that challenging geometries can be arrived at through simple, approachable techniques independent of costly contemporary fabrication facilities. All elements in the project were produced and assembled on site using tools germane to conventional construction: a mill saw, a table saw, a pneumatic stapler and a few screw guns. The design and fabrication process was open to the public.
POP IT UP
Amilly, France, 2013
Project Leads: Anya Sirota, Jean Louis Farges
Curator: Christophe Ponceau
Design Team: Missy Ablin, Allen Gillers, James Chesnut
Production Team: Christopher Reznich, Erika Lindsay, Catharine Pyenson, Sydney Brown
This project was made possible through support from the City of Amilly and Les Tanneries, le FRAC-Centre. Additional contributions provided by Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning and the University of Michigan. Special thanks to Mayor Gerard Dupaty and Baudouin Abraham.