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NineteenEightyOne, Amiens, 2013

 

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Arts festival installation on one of the small islands making up L’Hortillonages on the River Somme

The project began through written responses to the site. These ideas developed through a series of visits, models and material studies. Computational design techniques were then used to develop a modular form of fabrication and construction of the installation
To arrive at the island one travels by car, boat and on foot. A journey that gradually slows the passage of the visitor. The installation continues this process. Two thousand stacked timber blocks form a curved enclosure that gradually reduces light and narrows the passage. Slowing the visitor to a gentle stop overlooking a pool of water enclosed by a fallen willow tree.

A place to stop, sit and take in the view. Over time plants and wildlife have taken home in it’s walls. The wood has aged, weathered and split, a process that is exaggerated at the waters edge.

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  • Begun: Feb 2013
  • Completed: Jun 2013
  • Floor area: 8m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £7,000
  • Tender date: Jan 2013
  • Procurement: Bespoke
  • Address: Hortillonnages, 54 Boulevard de Beauville, Amiens, 80000 , France

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