The modern day pop-up tent is often a decorated typological object, adorned with frills, tassles or fringe to meet the given occasional frivolity. The decoration, a two dimensional shape, hangs-free off the edge cut from the extra material of enclosure, creating a graphic as a symbol of the day’s flavor. Groundless Figures is a Folly that inquires whether cultural figures, can float free of the ground in the air of ideas, but also be integral to the architectural proposition of form and structural function. The floating object, is both formally constructed by its graphic, via diagonal extrusion of the frontal ambiguous contour, informing its internal tent structure, but then also decorated with colour in a way that exaggerates and complicates its cultural identity with multiple figures embedded in its graphic grid. The resulting tent-float embodies figuration and decoration as well as tectonic coherence without sacrificing its interest in cultural communication.
Form v. Shape is a common discussion within the arts, the former relating to the system of making a composition of the third dimension, while latter refers to the perceptual presentation of an outline. Groundless Figures, uses shape in a systematic manner to create its intrinsic geometry and its structural language. The floating object, is both formally constructed by its graphic via extrusion of the frontal ambiguous contour, but then also decorated in a way that both exaggerates and complicates its cultural identity, with multiple figures embedded in its graphic grid. The ambiguous shape is constructed from the combination of two cultural forms of linearity, the arc that oscillates from a large radius to one half its size, and the upside down 45 degree chevron, in a similar oscillation. The figure-ground wrestling match, between the grounded mountains and clouds, is amplified by the color differentiation, of Cyan for the sky and the Yellow for the earth.
The shape is constructed from two cultures of linear form, the arc that oscillates from a large radius to one half its size, produces an affect of the light cloud, while the upside down 45 degree chevron, a sense of a grounded mountain scenery.
The figure-ground wrestling match between the grounded, mountain 45 degree zig-zag and the radial clouds, is amplified by the color differentiation of Cyan for the sky and Yellow for the earth. This graphic figure-ground tension is extruded across the site at a 29.1 degree angle to produce a third point column grid, allowing for the cantilever of the corner.