ARCH 2010: ART in the CITY
Since the beginning of this semester, I have been studying the juxtaposing ideas of movement and modularity, and how the co-exist with one another. I started this with Sol Lewitt's Wall Drawing 414, and I later found myself studying the same principles in the city of New York. In the Children's Art Museum I designed, I attempted to show movement, both in the literal sense of moving galleries and the implied movement created in my apartments, the facades, interior walls, etc. The module inherently brings up the issue of scale; dealing with a museum for children, I utilized the placement and scale of modules to assist the children on their promenade through the museum. This particularly came into play in the children's studios, where the panels of the moving gallery shrink in size and stop their path at the end of small platform, the perfect size for a child to work in. These panels also have the ability to be raised and displayed in the above galleries throughout the museum. The apartment ceiling modular structure, under amphitheater gallery, and sculpture gallery wall also all include a modular structure where small spaces create nooks for the children to view art. In addition to the movement of modules, I also looked at the movement of people in the city of New York, more specifically on the High Line, and how this relates to my building. At the levels of the High Line and the Flyover, I chose to place my exterior sculpture gallery and outdoor eating areas. Here, the art of the museum can be shared and displayed with those walking by. The moving gallery also has the ability to display artwork on the Western side of the panels, creating a mirrored gallery condition for those passing by.