Recently, I was honored with an invitation to design & build an "architectural folly" on the grounds of the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC. This installation is in conjunction with an exhibit titled "Inspiration & Transformation" commemorating the designers of the museum itself, the renowned partnership of Gwathmey/Siegel. The folly project is an attempt by the museum to reach out to designers, as well as an opportunity for architects & artists to explore ideas surrounding the way we design, construct, perceive, & inhabit structures.
My design, titled "SwitchTower 4022" will be constructed and installed at the CAM over the coming weeks. I have created this blog to document the project not only for posterity, but also because the intended thesis of the design has as much to do with how the tower will be constructed as does the final articulation of its components. If you are following the project from its beginning, stay tuned for entries about the definition of a folly, the inspiration & ideas behind this particular design, as well as notable examples of follies past & present. Updates are also planned with photos documenting construction progress. If you are just now doing some web browsing, trying to figure out what exactly you saw as you drove down 17th st.- take a look to see just how SwitchTower 4022 came (hopefully) to be.