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  • Another Axon

    Angela HUANG & Alex TAHINOS, "Real Fictions II: Pier Gardens." Model.
    boston MASSACHUSETTS

    MALL
    2017 Design Biennial Boston

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
    Jennifer BONNER: Another Axon asks the question, “Is a drawing architecture?”

    Many recent temporary installations in architecture rely on digital fabrication techniques or structural innovation as an alibi for pavilion-architecture. Another Axon critically questions recent trends in contemporary installations and uses the conventions of an architectural axonometric drawing to make three-dimensional space with an ideal view of the installation seen from the top level of an adjacent, mundane parking garage.

    Another Axon is composed of minimal art objects and a stand of twelve trees, all of which rely on contemporary reproduction strategies. The art sculptures are lifted from an open source 3D warehouse and range from Donald Judd’s Untitled (1961) to Carl Andre’s Slope (1968) while the artificial trees are constructed by carefully tracing other tree drawings from a landscape catalogue. The selection of materials for Another Axon reinforces the constructed, perfect axon view but also places emphasis on the “ordinary” in architecture. Three traditional exterior building materials used ubiquitously across the United States—vinyl siding, EIFS (a synthetic stucco), and artificial turf—are playfully distorted through orientation, color, and application.

    Additional Credits/Links:

    Design Team: Jennifer Bonner, Daniela Leon, Dohyun Lee, Siobhan Feehan Miller
    Fabrication Team: Jin Jin Chiu, Christian Gonzales, Youngjin Song, Estelle Yoon, Evan Farley, Aaron Hill, Brad Silling, Carlo Urmy, Bryan Ortega-Welch, Jan Kwan, Justin Jiang, Lanisha Blount
    Photography: Patrick Heagney
    Structural Engineer: Evan Hankin
    Contractors: Roberto Marini, Evergreen Group Company, Inc., IntelliTurf of New England
    Sponsors: Harvard GSD, American Earth Anchors Inc., Home Depot Watertown Store, National Lumber, Heritage Wholesalers, Simpson Strong-Tie

    www.jenniferbonner.com

    http://designbiennialboston.com/