A Detour and a Pause
A Detour and a Pause | cedar dog-ear picket, assorted woods and wood composites, muslin, 2 1400 watt halogen lamps, and existing architecture | 12' x 42' x 22' 4" | 2013
This space is on the SW corner where Union Ave. intersects the Main St. pedestrian mall in downtown Memphis. After the Smooth Moves smoothie shop closed, the space was locked and occluded public access for a few years as it awaited a lease from another commercial tenant. I architecturally intervened in a way that attempts to negotiate the desires of contending constituencies: more use-value from private space that heavily conditions the public realm, the building owner's liability reservations, and the corner plot's potential as both conduit and haven. A hyperbolic picket fence permitting access from door-to-door (though foreshortening the space) and its silhouetted armature seemed an appropriate manner through which to formalize these contending relations. Unfortunately, the architectural intervention operated anemically as it was bereft of the social intervention of regular open hours that I was unable to secure from the building owner.