KINDLING

Constructed from branches, sticks and twigs of varying lengths and diameters that are stored within a porous wall, the pavilion calls into question the worth of the fleeting warmth of fire in exchange for chilling wind. As visitors extract the kindling from the surrounding walls, frigid winds are allowed to pass through and into the space. 


Within each object lies the tension of whether or not to burn. Using the painted base of each piece of kindling as a datum, each object is inserted into the wall, forming an exterior purity of white stems sited within a white painted exterior, blending into its snow bound site. In contrast the charred objects and interior wall (also charred) present a dark and smoky interior, tempting its users with its pre-burned olfactory sensation and the desire to illuminate the space.  


The pavilion questions the gratification of instantaneous warmth at the cost of future visitors through a (potential) temporal transformation. The project places at its core the question of beauty and performance: will the aesthetic object (fully stocked) be exhausted by its performative possibilities (to burn and become patchy or bald)?

Competition                                           Year: 2016                                              with Joshua Jow and Ashley Reed