Mirror mylar & friction.
While on residency at Brown University in early 2011, I discovered an article in the November 1969 edition of Progressive Architecture
, which presents the results of some research into space-station design. The project was a collaboration between the astronautical engineers at Grumman Aerospace and architects Warner, Burns, Toan & Lunde, who were designing Brown
University's Sciences Library (SciLi)
around the same time.
The walls in the SciLi are typical of a Brutalist structure - raw concrete bearing the traces of the wooden formwork that was used to cast it. In this work, the texture of the wall surface in the SciLi was transferred to a sheet of mirror mylar in the manner of a 'brass rubbing'.
Commissioned by The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
Produced while in residence at the Perry and Marty Granoff Centre for the Arts
, Brown University. The residency was supported by Culture Ireland as part of Imagine Ireland
, a Year of Irish Arts in America 2011.
Curated by Ian Russell