suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
virginia MELNYK: The american city has become littered with vacant lots. These spaces leave a emptiness, and become a place that people try to avoid. Rainbow Ropes, attempts to reactivate these types of spaces by building an infrastructure for play. Rainbow Ropes becomes a playground for children and adults alike, he conic shapes and tunnel like forms are inviting for people to climb inside. The web like structure is made of rope woven between structural steel frameworks. This rope can be soft and comfortable to climb, sit, and lounge on. Open to the fresh air, the density of the rope filters light to shade inhabitants as they lounge inside. Rainbow Ropes intends to reactivate dead spaces in the city and create place where everyone can come together and feel young again.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
vM: Anish Kappor, Tara Donovan, Cecil Balmond, and The Little Prince.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
vM: Reading Aesthetics: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art by Anne Sheppard. Listening to Crystal Castles, HeartsRevolution. Watching Close Encounters of the Third Kind, THX1138.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
vM: RAAD Studio’s low line park, Studio Pei Zhu, and SOFTlab.
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