Michaela MacLeod, Toronto, Canada
Once visitors pass the entrance threshold, they are in a minimal space framed by an oculus, semi-open to the sky. Our interest in engaging the public realm at Capitol Park in Detroit stems from a conviction that public spaces can be transformed in simple ways to function as essential nodes of dynamic social interaction within the city. Public artworks located in these spaces have the capability to animate the environment, identify a place, and act as a catalyst for spontaneous social exchange between residents and visitors.
PALM PAVILION, is a site and programme specific installation. The softly curving form is constructed from gently bended plywood, knit together in tension, at the top and bottom of the structure, with thin wood cross bracing, notched into the outer shell. The shell creates a visual and auditory enclosure, a respite from the noise and chaos of the downtown core.
Once visitors pass the entrance threshold, they are in a minimal space framed by an oculus, semi-open to the sky. The geometry of the roof itself, which provides enclosure and braces the structure, is generated by the form of the Sukkah itself. Perpendicular lines are extended from the edge of the oculus opening, resulting in an organic palm leaf pattern that references one of the traditional materials typically used as s’chach.