Imperceptible Figure

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Entry for Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition.

More detail at the site:
http://www.yongjulee.com/Imperceptible-Figure

Related article at Archdaily:
http://www.archdaily.com/579268/32-discarded-guggenheim-proposals-you-should-know-about/

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Imperceptible Figure

Finalists Selected for Public Art

Yong Ju Lee and Brian Brush have been selected as three finalists out of 448 applicants for the Teton County Library’s public art opportunity for a new, site-specific work for the library’s renovated lobby, which is currently under construction.

http://tclib.org/index.php/site/news/three_finalists_selected_for_library_public_art/

Finalists Selected for Public Art

Tracing Memory

Entry for AIDS Memorial Park Competition

Three monumental stone walls traverse the perimeter of the site, with chamfered corners enticing curious exploration of the inner park. They divide into 30 monolithic panels perforated by an array of rectangular voids representing the number of AIDS victims lost each year, sequentially through its 30-year history. The walls are thus a readable map, a record, and an evocative signifier of the trace of AIDS through time. A continuous, rising walkway of stairs and ramps cantilevered from the inner surface of the walls draw visitors along this timeline from the ground to the sky, through space and memory. With each step, new sight of the adjacent park space reveals it as a secret sanctuary, pixelated by flourishing trees, benches, glass lights, and other moments of repose around which the public gathers to relax and enjoy life living and life remembered. Peering outward through the punctured walls, visitors view St. Vincent’s, the West Village, and the city, framed through the stark representations of loved ones lost, like windows through a collective soul materialized, looking back at the living world beyond.

Nearing the walk’s end, visitors anticipate the reveal, the catharsis of conclusion signified by some unforeseen yet awaited event. Betrayed by this hope, the end of the journey is not end at all, but a simple moment of suspension in air on a projecting platform to nowhere; a stoppage of time to look back at this cradle of remembrance in a living city. An elevator in the wall then plunges the memorial experience from this brightest height to the depths of the underground exhibition space. Darker and denser, the open basement appears an infinite volume pierced by light from the pixels of glass above in a dramatic chiaroscuro of space. Drifting through the obscurity, visitors view art, ephemera, and further documentation of the AIDS story, absorbing stories indexed to the representations above. Rising back to ground level through another elevator, the journey concludes where it began, to in life in a continuous cycle of pure experience and visceral remembrance.

More detail soon at http://www.eboarch.com

Tracing Memory