I recently completed a competition entry for the Jardins de Metis Festival with fabulous, talented sculptor Alex Zealand. Here’s a quick, raw look:
In “Gilly Folie” we approach the idea of Paradise as a narrative. Paradise is not simply created in the here-and-now, it must be reached through a transition in space or time. From the Mines of Moria in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, to the rabbit hole of Alice in Wonderland this transitional space is a mirage, a space whose inside is impossible to estimate from its outside.
We are proposing an alternate entry to the Festival, a gateway for the experience of Paradise. Our installation is a passageway approximately 20m long, constructed from a spiral of identical yellow-painted wooden members, 3.8cm x 3.8cm and 5.5m long, joined with stainless-steel bolts. We have proposed a site, but the generative system is site-specific and would have to be re-generated given the final site dimensions and actual tree locations.