Beaux Arts Ball is an overlapping manifestation of pleasure and design. It is a charitable event with its heels buried in a 19th century desire to transcend the scope of tamed human imagination; a testimony to the feverish cerebral discipline of the original students of the Ecole des Beaux Arts.
The students at University of Kentucky’s College of Design take on the annual task of confronting the boundaries between space and poetry; imagination and corporeality; and structure and chaos in homage to design and camaraderie.
Beaux Arts Ball continues a celebration of the beautiful arts two hundred years after it’s inception at industrial hovels in the underbelly of Lexington’s pristine equestrian culture. The juxtaposition of intellectual expansion and bacchanalian appetite is layered throughout the entire event. Architectural installations, sound, and piercing intersections of candy colored light that contract and dissect space inspire playful and taboo indulgences of revelers.
Since 1969, thousands of curious partygoers have flocked to witness their own personal abstraction in the piece de resistance of the largest student-run, non-profit charitable organization in the state of Kentucky, the Beaux Arts Foundation. This year the director’s vision carried the event into new heights of engagement. The massive celebration of creative stimulation was only the grand finale of months of events, such as an installation competition, a DJ battle, a fall ball, and smaller fundraisers which all focused on increasing awareness of design and arts through community collaboration. Installations this year included four finalist from the Installation competition: “. . . And Projections,” which further the study from Possible Mediums at a larger scale (K. Latham, C. Wentworth, M. Baker, H. Gompers); “SV,” which explores the relationship of materiality to form through movement, depth, light, and scale by means of an object with the use of emergency blankets (T. Burry, O. Duross, W. Adams); “Urban Aluminum, ” incorporated the theme of reflection with aspects of downtown Lexington by the use of polished recycled cans (T. Fruchtenicht and S. Blanchard); “Edison,” is a physical manifestation of the intangible aspects of vinyl records such as the community, culture, and music surrounding them (J. Funke); A student furthering investigating a studio project called “Tangible Projections” (C. Nichols); Two elective studios: “Performa” run by Professor Mike Mckay and “The Play Lounge” a design and fabrication which develop big objects that activate space curated by Professor Jason Scroggin.
Beaux Arts Ball is a direct experience of the generosity that architecture and design constantly offers to human existence. Beaux Arts Ball proclaims that design has the capacity to generate an epiphany in cultural imagination.
* Text by Caitlin HEINZ.
Beaux Arts Ball was held April 13th 2013
Editor: Eve Pearce
Directors: Hannah Sellers, Brittany Dingeldein and Kelsea Clayton
Explores the relationship of materiality to form through movement, depth, light, and scale by means of an object — an undulating, contoured chandelier. The inhabitants, whether static or in motion, develop a dialogue in material behaviors and their attributes to create atmospheric effects for a multi-sensory experience within a built environment.”
This structure was created as a reflection of this brand as well as the culture and community associated with vinyl records. The structure, named Edison is a physical manifestation of the intangible aspects of vinyl records such as the community, culture, and music surrounding them. Built from the strength of the triangle, the spiral of a record, and the desire to feel enveloped in an idea, this structure, Edison, was created to encompass an area for reflection from within.
The Play Lounge
The Bubble Bunch an aggregation of rubber ball clusters contained in translucent stretch fabric that can be distributed into a variety of seating configurations. The Foam Donut a soft bench in the form of a geometric torus comprised of foam pool noodles. The Rocker a conjoined set of six rocking chairs lined with vinyl tubing for seating and a mirror-plated top.