Next Assignment-Design a small, temporary pavilion on Ball State University campus. Use the material from the previous project or fine a new “dance partner” to better exhibit thoughts/ideas/creativity.
Since the baked fruit loops provided little future in designing a pavilion (lacked a strong enough structure, becomes flimsy under the influence of water/moisture, and very brittle and breakable), I decided to find another material that combines the ideas of baking, melting, molding, and casting with color, light, and translucency.
temporary: (adj) lasting, existing, serving, or effective for a time only; not permanent
pavilion: (n) a light, usually open building used for shelter, concerts, exhibits
translucency: (adj) permitting light to pass through but diffusing it so that persons, objects, etc., on the opposite side are not clearly visible
bake: (v) to cook by dry heat in an oven
Type: Connected Hula-Hoops that illuminate at night
Interest: Light-weight material, individual units needed to make entire structure, ability for light to pass through
Drawback: Too much light permitted
Type: Nylon stretched over a pre-constructed frame
Interest: Diffusion of light, light-weight, small and private space created
Drawback: Needs frame to work–material is added, color is subtle–not as intense as I would like
Type: Skin comprised of patterned concrete block to allow light to penetrate
Interest: Individual Units, structured
Drawback: Concrete as a heavy material, very rigid, lack of color
After looking at numerous pavilions, some similar to these, some very different, I decided that certain characteristics must met before moving on. The material should be an individual unit that connects to other units to create a pavilion. This material must have color, translucency, and should have a definite shape (unlike the nylon that is required to have a frame to work).
Currently, I am looking at a type of Resin Panel. I am really drawn to patterns that can be created through the resin that diffuse light but also keep the interior private. These images also resemble the “bubbling” effect that was created when the Fruit Loops were baked in the oven (especially far right).
One example that I found (granted this is glass, not resin) which simulated the feeling of what I want my pavilion to create is the Jean Novel’s Serpentine Pavilion in Hyde Park, London. The atmosphere is completely red (apparently I have a strong affection for the color red recently) and plays with translucency and opacity through different materials (glass, steel) instead of varying panel types.