………..Don’t walk on the art!
Even if it’s designed to be walked on, climbing up the prototype Michael Rogers staircase would not be a good idea. We’ve suggested as much by making the treads much narrower than standard and starting their rise a couple of feet off the ground.
Plus, the stairs don’t go anywhere. (But lots of people say that about contemporary art).
So what are they? Art? Architecture? “Artchitecture”?
Whatever you call them, they’re part of a series of building ideas that we’re presenting next month in our booth (#607) at the *Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair in Chicago.
We’re calling it “BUILDING WITH LIGHT: Contemporary Glass Art + Architecture”.
The project was inspired in part by the architectural projects that our studio team has worked on over the last few years. It was also driven by our belief that glass and light are the perfect media for marrying art and architecture.
The fact that we’ve run out of wall and shelf space in our home also got us to scheming about ways to squeeze in just one more piece – even if we had to fit it onto the edge of a stair tread!.
So we asked a few of Bullseye’s gallery artists to work with us on what might be called designed-art: divider walls, counters, stair treads – elements that carry just a hint of the artist’s hand. These are not art objects. These are whispers of art inserted into the built environment.
Rogers created the “art parts” at his studio outside Rochester, New York, then shipped them to Bullseye where they were cast onto the edges of the massive glass blocks. (Yes, Michael, I swiped this pic off your FB page. I hope that’s OK…..- LM)
The projects we’re showing at SOFA are also IDEAS – the best of all reasons to visit SOFA: getting new ones. And sharing them. Which is what we do at SOFA every year. Don’t miss this one.
Go there! See it! Let’s talk!
PS, One of the R&E techs told me that Dan DID climb up the stairs the other day. He was proving that the free-standing corner tower could hold the weight of someone on the stairs without tipping over. (It’s counterbalanced).
But they tell me he took his shoes off first.
POST UPDATED 16 Oct: I have just obtained this confidential and damning evidence. Not only did he walk on the art, but he did NOT remove his shoes. Sigh.