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  • Cottages
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    University of Illinois at Chicago
    critic: Paul PREISSNER

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Ryan HERNANDEZ: This project explores the idea of awkward architecture produced with a certain precision. The elements appear haphazard and ignored. The design seems to lack a certain amount of skill, though, these decisions are on purpose.

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  • Ash Park
    chicago ILLINOIS

    University of Illinois at Chicago
    critic: Grant GIBSON

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Ryan HERNANDEZ: How societies build for death varies and offers deep and solemn investigations into narrative, identity and form. We will earnestly deal with these topics with light and whimsical hearts.

    Each figure in the continuous field is 20 ft. tall with a volume of 115 cu.ft. and constructed of poured in place concrete requiring 50 gal. of water, 300 lbs of cement, 800 lbs of fine aggregate (Human ash and sand). One human corpse produces 5 lbs of ash and one figure requires 60 humans. An average of 150,000 deaths in New Orleans (site: New Orleans, Old Algiers) can create 208 figures a month.

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