COMMON GROUND http://projectcommonground.ca where land meets art Tue, 04 Sep 2012 17:32:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4 ARCH 425: Team Peter Walker http://projectcommonground.ca/arch-425-team-peter-walker/ http://projectcommonground.ca/arch-425-team-peter-walker/#comments Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:55:34 +0000 Admin http://projectcommonground.ca/?p=1018 Continue reading ]]> 6×6 is 1 of 11 installations by Associate Professor Elise Shelley’s ARCH 425 students. ARCH 425 is a 4th year course at Waterloo Architecture that investigates the modern designed landscape in connection with nature, social issues, and environmentalism.

Location: rare Charitable Research ReserveSite 11

Group Members:

1 Fish Zachary
2 Gray Braden
3 Kim Sung-Jun Mark
4 Moghaddam Matin
5 Wenzel Stephen

6×6

Emerging from the tall grass the teasel plant stands proud. Originally imported from Europe for widespread use in the textile industry this non-native species is now considered invasive. 6 x 6 embodies this idea of human induced invasion, imposing the order of the city into nature, a grid of columns juxtaposed with the natural landscape. Each post is a minimalist interpretation of the biannual teasel, investigating the cyclical changes of form, collecting solar energy during the day and glowing each night. The uniform grid reinforces the rolling topography while the lights illuminate the landscape at night, acting as a beacon for the Common Ground installations at RARE, to all the cars that pass by.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographs Provided by the Artists courtesy of Waterloo Architecture.
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Guest Blog: Lee Goreas on The Nature of Public Art http://projectcommonground.ca/guest-blog-lee-goreas-on-the-nature-of-public-art/ http://projectcommonground.ca/guest-blog-lee-goreas-on-the-nature-of-public-art/#comments Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:34:45 +0000 Admin http://projectcommonground.ca/?p=1169 Continue reading ]]> Lee Goreas is one of ten Mini Golf – a social practice artists exhibiting in Cambridge Galleries’ summer project COMMON GROUND. His Mini Golf hole, H#8 Straight and Narrow, is located alongside the Grand River under the Grand St bridge. This site is very peaceful to visit and putt a few golf balls.

A few weeks back, the checkered yellow and black flag went missing from this hole. Upon closer inspection, the yellow Fibreglass pole was snapped in half and the bottom piece remained adhered to the concrete bellow. After a few minutes of searching I decided to lookout onto the scene from the bridge. There it was! The flag (and remainder of the flagpole) had been thrown on top of the wall beside Melville Cafe. With the help of a broom handle and a cheering patio crowd I successfully retrieved the flag!

The artist has since returned to Galt and repaired the damages to his Mini Golf hole. Below is the artist’s insight on the nature of public art as well as his response to this incident.

-C. Fawcett

 

The Nature of Public Art

It is to be expected that when an art work/artist leaves the secure and clearly defined context of the traditional public or private gallery or museum space that the artwork and the audiences’ reception of that artwork changes in potentially unpredictable and predictable ways. When an artwork is exhibited in a museum, gallery, or artist run center it is a given that the artwork is indeed ART! And the audience knows how to act accordingly. When artwork is shown in a public space that is not a sanctioned exhibition space the question arises, IS THIS ART? It is unclear how the audience should conduct themselves. This is part of the Duchampian/Sisyphean question that all modernist and post-modern thinkers endlessly and happily roll up the mountain of art history and watch return to the valley of popular culture below.

The question that should be asked is not ” Is This Art?” but  “Why Is This Art Here?” and “When art works are placed in a public context and are open to physical interaction, why does it happen that once in a while the public has such a strong and visceral response to the art work that it acts out that response with sometimes destructive results?”

I think the answer lies in the fact that in the public space, a shared space, ownership, authorship and cultural hierarchies are not clearly defined and rules of conduct are not established and enforced, so the audience/public has an opportunity to assume authority over the artwork and feels invited and entitled to judge the artwork before them, they  become empowered and take on the role of cultural critic and some times this criticism is negative.

When presenting an artwork in non-sanctioned or non traditional exhibition space I think artists have to proceed courageously, not cautiously!

Prepare for the worst and expect the best from the audience and always, show some compassion and understanding.

-Lee Goreas

 

 

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ARCH 425: Team Dan Kiley http://projectcommonground.ca/arch-425-team-dan-kiley/ http://projectcommonground.ca/arch-425-team-dan-kiley/#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:01:25 +0000 Admin http://projectcommonground.ca/?p=1027 Continue reading ]]> ooo o is 1 of 11 installations by Associate Professor Elise Shelley’s ARCH 425 students. ARCH 425 is a 4th year course at Waterloo Architecture that investigates the modern designed landscape in connection with nature, social issues, and environmentalism.

Location: rare Charitable Research Reserve, Site 13

Group Members:

1 Adamek Kimberley
2 Grin Reuben
3 Gu Jean
4 Katsios Anna
5 Zhao Jian Jay

ooo o Landscape/ Microclimate/ Axis/ WaterThe installation is integrated into both the landscape and the specific site systems present. The basis for the installation came from the presence of gardens and the necessity for water on the site. Over time, the pavilions will become more engrained into the site system of community gardens. As the gardeners learn the purpose and the use of the pavilions, they will be frequently used to provide water on the site. The semi-permanent nature of the installation means they can be adapted to the site as well. If the necessity for water becomes apparent on another part of the site, one or both of the pavilions can be moved in order to accommodate for changing conditions. 

Site Inspirations

Intention

Concept

Design

Final Installation

 

Photographs Provided by the Artists Courtesy of Waterloo Architecture.
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ARCH 425: Team Hargreaves http://projectcommonground.ca/arch-425-team-hargreaves/ http://projectcommonground.ca/arch-425-team-hargreaves/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2012 15:03:41 +0000 Admin http://projectcommonground.ca/?p=1070 Continue reading ]]> Situated Landscape is 1 of 11 installations by Associate Professor Elise Shelley’s ARCH 425 students. ARCH 425 is a 4th year course at Waterloo Architecture that investigates the modern designed landscape in connection with nature, social issues, and environmentalism.

Location: rare Charitable Research Reserve, Site 14

Group Members:

1 Kim Eun Hyung Jenny
2 Lu Jiachen
3 Luk Jody
4 Ng Jennifer Kay Wai
5 Szagala Sophia

Situated Landscape

Situated Landscape aims to bring awareness to the natural datum created by the tall grass on the site. The volume of the grass is fixed by this datum, yet it is susceptible to deflection and impression. By placing objects of different densities within the field, the landscape reacts to them. Chairs are used as devices to immerse the individual into the voume of the grass, placing their field of view at varying heights. Each one is placed strategically, providing a focal point on the site. By creating this open-ended spatial configuration, the individual is free to navigate through the field as they choose. It no longer matters who designed the space, but who finds it. The exploration of the densities of the obkjects relates directly to the experience of the individual and the environment. The density of the object is expressed by the relation to the ground. A lower chair creates emphasis between the grass and its footprint, further creating a sense of introversion within the volume of grass. The obkects that have a higher point of view draw attention to the surrounding context on the site; thus creating what Hargreaves Associates defines as “adjacencies” in landscape design.

Our aim is to address the scale of the individual in our installation, hoping to invoke a state of contemplation of meditiation. The objects that are permanent create transient paths.

“THE PARK IS SPECIAL TO THE INDIVIDUAL IN THEIR EXPERIENCE OF THE MOMENT AND AT THE SAME TIME IT IS PART OF A COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS. TO CONSIDER A LANDSCAPE A SUCCESS, EVERYONE MUST KNOW IT, YET IT WILL BE USED FOR MANY PURPOSES AT ANY TIME.”
- GEORGE HARGREAVES

Photographs Provided by the Artists Courtesy of Waterloo Architecture.
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ARCH 425: Team Van Valkenburg http://projectcommonground.ca/arch-425-team-van-valkenburg/ http://projectcommonground.ca/arch-425-team-van-valkenburg/#comments Wed, 08 Aug 2012 15:05:52 +0000 Admin http://projectcommonground.ca/?p=1096 Continue reading ]]> New Foundations is 1 of 11 installations by Associate Professor Elise Shelley’s ARCH 425 students. ARCH 425 is a 4th year course at Waterloo Architecture that investigates the modern designed landscape in connection with nature, social issues, and environmentalism.

Location: rare Charitable Research ReserveSite 12

Group Members:

1 Carson Brent
2 Lalonde Leanna
3 Lee Christian
4 Perry Caitlin
5 Strong James

New Foundations

Our group chose a unique site within the RARE field which was already home to a large wooden pavilion and was located far from the bordering roadway. In this situation it was determined that we would already have a defined space within which to work. Augmenting, expanding, delineating and reorienting this predefined space became key to our installation and was our primary point of connection back to the place making and historical layering evident in the work of MVVA. Through landscape design, we determined that we could refocus the site based on our own priorities, and thus build another layer of meaning into the site.

 

The characteristic austerity of the existing architectural intervention becomes the vehicle through which the temporal nature of the landscape is experienced by those visiting the installation. By placing a number of designed objects in the field beyond the wooden pavilion, the focus is drawn away from the pavilion itself and into the mutable landscape. These objects take the form of cylindrical planters, which contain plants specifically chosen for their change in colour over the course of the seasons. This colour difference becomes the measure of change with respect to the landscape, as the plants periodically alternate between receding into the existing landscape and standing out amongst the indigenous plantings. In this way the project relates back to Van Valkenburgh’s earliest experimental projects by utilizing the installation as an index of the passage of time.

Photography Provided by the Artists Courtesy of Waterloo Architecture.
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ARCH 425: Team Field Operations http://projectcommonground.ca/arch-425-team-field-operations/ http://projectcommonground.ca/arch-425-team-field-operations/#comments Tue, 07 Aug 2012 15:07:32 +0000 Admin http://projectcommonground.ca/?p=1064 Continue reading ]]> Spiral Dready is 1 of 11 installations by Associate Professor Elise Shelley’s ARCH 425 students. ARCH 425 is a 4th year course at Waterloo Architecture that investigates the modern designed landscape in connection with nature, social issues, and environmentalism.

Location: rare Charitable Research Reserve, Site 14

Group Members:

1 Leon Daniela
2 Ng Andrew
3 O’Grady Connor
4 Sebaldt Daniel
5 Wei Ming Xia Harry

Spiral Dready

 The group was interested in a processed based design approach, using iterative techniques, patterns and methods at a detail scale of that of the hand and eye in order to generate a resulting mass field effect at the scale of a room and person. By using these processes, the installation would hopefully engage the visitor as he or she would enter and move through the space but also reveal a riner grain to the landscape which would go otherwise unnoticed if someone were only passing by. This aim to reveal more to the visitor as they engage with the installation, first walking through, then looking down and noticing an intricate framework emerging from the landscape and hopefully bring a larger appreciation and relationship with the person and the landscape that surrounds them.

Photographs Provided by the Artists Courtesy of Waterloo Architecture.
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ARCH 425: Team Martha Schwartz http://projectcommonground.ca/arch-425-team-martha-schwartz/ http://projectcommonground.ca/arch-425-team-martha-schwartz/#comments Mon, 06 Aug 2012 15:10:03 +0000 Admin http://projectcommonground.ca/?p=1122 Continue reading ]]> Wild Apartment Garden Romance is 1 of 11 installations by Associate Professor Elise Shelley’s ARCH 425 students. ARCH 425 is a 4th year course at Waterloo Architecture that investigates the modern designed landscape in connection with nature, social issues, and environmentalism.

Location: rare Charitable Research ReserveSite 15

Group Members:

1 Chan Ho Wa Esther
2 Chau Elaine
3 Han Soo
4 Kraler Kurt
5 Seo Kyeng Wan Kristina
6 Alexandrescu Maria

Wild Apartment Garden Romance

 wild apartment garden romance,

sit in your chair and sigh,

the highest tall grass

will touch your thigh

but only for the apartment

will you have eyes

watching you

watching it

in my natural garden

in lawn chairs i have known

the wildest artificial

pleasures, the

fantasies I control

facing you

facing it

where do you come home

are you part of the meadow

natural human can you

face the unknown, or

your order imposed

watching it

watching you

 

Our project was to be an audience for the apartment, a place in nature to turn our gaze to the artificial, reversing the usual view of the romanticized picturesque, when the landscape is created to serve the human gaze. In our installation, we invite humans to enter the wild growing field , have a seat on this familiar element (the lawn chair) in an unfamiliar setting (the field) and look as a reflection of itself, of human creation, standing out in the landscape.

 

Photographs Provided by the Artists Courtesy of Waterloo Architecture.
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ARCH 425: Team Ken Smith http://projectcommonground.ca/arch-425-team-ken-smith/ http://projectcommonground.ca/arch-425-team-ken-smith/#comments Fri, 03 Aug 2012 15:12:13 +0000 Admin http://projectcommonground.ca/?p=1126 Continue reading ]]> Flysöd is 1 of 11 installations by Associate Professor Elise Shelley’s ARCH 425 students. ARCH 425 is a 4th year course at Waterloo Architecture that investigates the modern designed landscape in connection with nature, social issues, and environmentalism.

Location: rare Charitable Research ReserveSite 10

Group Members:

1 Dadds Andrew
2 Kitchen Peter
3 Lau Jedy
4 Savage Nicholas
5 Winter Mathew

Flysöd

The intervention establishes a flat platform of useable pedestrian space; picnincs, naps, and the opportunity to inhabit the meadow in a manor that is otherwise inaccessible. The platform acts as an artificial piece of nature, with connotations of the suburban lawn. It exists in camoflauge with, but also in stark contrast to its surroundings. Off centre is a small incision of the “real” landscape as framed by the simulated.

Photographs Provided by the Artists Courtesy of Waterloo Architecture.
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North House http://projectcommonground.ca/north-house/ http://projectcommonground.ca/north-house/#comments Thu, 02 Aug 2012 21:32:24 +0000 Admin http://projectcommonground.ca/?p=1151 North House is in the midst of construction. This is an environmentally conscious house design that collects more solar energy than it uses!

Photography by Fred Hunsberger.
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ARCH 425: Team Kathryn Gustafson http://projectcommonground.ca/arch-425-team-kathryn-gustafson/ http://projectcommonground.ca/arch-425-team-kathryn-gustafson/#comments Thu, 02 Aug 2012 15:13:59 +0000 Admin http://projectcommonground.ca/?p=1077 Continue reading ]]> [SHIFT]ING is 1 of 11 installations by Associate Professor Elise Shelley’s ARCH 425 students. ARCH 425 is a 4th year course at Waterloo Architecture that investigates the modern designed landscape in connection with nature, social issues, and environmentalism.

Location: rare Charitable Research Reserve, Site 17

Group Members:

1 Cheung Hou Ting Anne
2 Gauchan Rakshya
3 Khan Anam
4 Shahi Sheida
5 Xu Ying

[SHIFT]ING

 As part of the Common Ground Project, we chose our site based on the natural conditions and elements that it possesses. Its unique location of being half way up a hill gives it incomparable connection with its surroundings. Seeing the construction of the North house and the unique compositions of the natural elements that we were able to receive from our points of view while exploring the site, we decided to let these observations generate our proposal. With the intentions of both renewal and sculptural art in mind, we wanted to introduce only materials vernacular or replenishing to the site to retain minimum intrusion to the natural habitat as well as possibly revitalizing existing conditions.

“It’s not about flowers. It’s not about emptiness. It’s about shape. In every design, there is a shape: a bulge, a curve, a splay, a riser or just a gate that defines that landscape as having substance all its own.”
- Kathryn Gustafson.

WORKING

Using vernacular materials such as sticks
and grass to serve as cushion and to
elevate the berm, we shifted elements of
the existing site to achieve our result. We
then brought in soil and red mulch to give
impact to our project as we bring new life
and nutrients to the plot.
We expect that in the next few months
and year to come the “circles” will flourish
as a result.

EXPERIENCIAL
SEQUENCE
The experience of entering the project
brings a few surprises where the project
is actually discovered as its modest
imposition on the landscape by no means
advertises itself in anyway.

Photographs Provided by the Artists Courtesy of Waterloo Architecture.
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