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  • Moon Monster, an architectural folly

    Moon Monster, an architectural folly
    brooklyn NEW YORK

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    adam DAYEM: The term folly is considered to have been derived from two different French words: folie, meaning pleasure or delight; and feuilée, which quite literally refers to a leafy arbor. A folie is associated with miscalculation, foolishness and extravagance; it often serves no apparent purpose beyond some mythic or folkloric association. A feuilée, on the other hand, has nothing to do with spectacle and ostentation, but is about embracing nature in a more modest way.

    Moon Monster combines elements of both the folie and feuilée. It is geometrically extravagant, yet constructed of modest materials and means. It may seem to serve no apparent function other than aesthetic pleasure – a friendly monster that invites visitors to approach, touch, enter and relax in its shade. Yet upon further inspection, Moon Monster reveals itself to be a precisely calculated devise for tracking the moon’s movement through the sky.

    The geometry of the folly is entirely derived from relationships between the spiraling path of the moon through the sky and a hypothetical observer of the moon. Moon Monster is a type of observatory that is designed for experiential purposes (rather than for gathering empirical data), but unlike a traditional observatory, where the viewing point is fixed, Moon Monster migrates the viewer’s position along a curving path. Movement of the viewer makes interaction with the observatory a dynamic experience.

    Moon Monster is proposed to be built from sheets of corrugated cardboard laser-cut to slot and splice into each other. Cardboard will be waterproofed with a wax-coating process similar to one used in the construction of cardboard boats. The waterproofing process will ensure the structure will be durable enough for temporary installation. The dense, intersecting planes of Moon Monster form a highly redundant, lightweight, self-supporting structure.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    aD: Brian Massumi, James Turrell.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?:
    aD: Listening to LCD Soundsystem, watching Game of Thrones.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    aD: Preston Scott Cohen, Jorinde Voigt.

    Additional credits and links:
    Project developed with assistance from Kangsan Danny Kim.

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