While it is a very interesting project, I think it is a stretch to call this a “building system”, let alone a “new kind of building system”. While the Cradle might visually simulate an “awning for an imaginary storefront” among other things, it will take a lot more than a single work of installation art to claim that this can become a new way to construct real buildings. While Ball-Nogues Studio attempts to blur the boundaries between art and architecture this project seems to excel at neither.
Also, the claim that the balls were allowed to self-organized under the force of gravity turns out to be false if one looks at the details and construction photographs on the studio’s website. In reality they simply welded the balls one at a time using a junction piece and did not allow the balls to self-organize in any way.
It could be a building system, why not? Doesn’t really matter, but talking about it as architecture stretches the horizon of what a “building system” can be.
I saw images of this thing being made and it was pretty clever how they allowed the spheres to just settle into place in a giant form work. I do ceramics – slip casting is an oddly appropriate way to describe what they did. In casting – a medium changes from a liquid to solid state within a mold. It would help to hear more about that in the description. In the images of the process, it was clear that the self forming part happened before any spheres were tacked together. Now I’m talking like some design geek.
At the end of the day, its terrific public sculpture. It can’t really be judged according to the same criteria as a building or art in a gallery. It is its own thing!
Art is science, math and creative ideas rolled into one. Get folks thinking. Thinking about monies better spent by the city, especially when so many are undereducated, underemployed, undernourished, unprotected, and underhoused. Where are the rich in Santa Monica that would sponsor much needed artistic endeavors such as this? What I appreciate about this work is the unkown factor and the ultimate outcome. It seems best when an artist does not confine themselves, therebytheir potential viewers, to their confined (and oft times narrow) view of their work. Let other minds explore beyond the boundaries of the creators(s)/artist(s). That’s the real joy. Both sides get something fascinating and surprising from the work(s).
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