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  • tortoise

    tortoise
    lexington KENTUCKY

    THIRD PLACE – $300

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    erin RUHL + jordan HINES: The mission of MoCCA is to “collect, preserve, educate, and display cartoon and comic art” with the primary goal of “educating the public about comic and cartoon art, how it is crafted, and how it reflect history.”Keeping this goal in mind, the ideology of the museum could be compared to a tortoise.  The tortoise embodies a sense of history, ancestry, preservation, and wisdom.  With history and education as the heart of MoCCA’s mission, the library, classrooms, and gallery spaces become the body of the museum. It is then lifted off the ground not only to provide communal space at the street level, but to elevate the contents to a more dynamic position. 



    Like the tortoise, an outer exoskeleton of screens protects this body and the art inside. These screens not only filter the daylight to avoid contact with the art, they allow the programs to be highly visible from the street and easily accessible to the public. As one enters the museum, a central spine allows the visitor to take their time and travel upward through the underbelly of the museum, towards the featured exhibition space and roof garden.

    sP: what or who influenced this project?

    eR + jH: Printing Techniques, Hatch Show Print

    sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?

    eR + jH: the moth podcast, iron chef america, Gary Stewart, Townes Van Zandt

    sP: whose work is currently on your radar?

    eR + jH: REX, Morphosis, Smout+Allen

    jury comments:

    brennan BUCK: This project uses a familiar trope – single torques surfaces – to nice effect, creating a number of dynamic spaces within an overall organization that could function well as a museum.

    michael SZIVOS: This project’s ability to move between regularity and irregularity produces very interesting conditions, most of which seem to be on the interior. Providing a fairly regular street wall while providing a diverse formal interior that is relative to that exterior is surprising and nice.

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