If you’ve walked through the CFA in the last few days, you may have noticed the below scene, and thought it seemed vaguely familiar. That is because it is a 1:1 replica of a study area from the main floor of Preus Library. Ben Moore explains more after the break.
The installation is an assignment inspired by our new sculpture hire Joe Madrigal (starts in Fall 2013). All students enrolled in ART-104 Foundations:Visual Thinking worked together on this assignment. I had done other collaborative assignments in the past, but this assignment forced the entire class to work together to solve a complex problem.
The final work, titled “Please Do Not Sit in Chairs”, is a 1:1 replica of a study lounge from Preus Library. Students were presented the design problem of replicating real objects using (as much as possible) cardboard, masking tape, and white paint. The assignment addressed design (fabrication and template), creating work from meticulous and direct observation, negotiating installation space, and working collaboratively.
Again, the spirit and idea stems directly from conversations with Joe Madrigal. This is really his assignment and I did my best to do it justice.