The Museum of Commerce is a social project striving to be as accessible as possible. The work of the Museum encourages participants to reach for new perspectives (courage) and exist in an active/present state. At best the Museum empowers. The museum is designing Bead-Strand Pavilions of different sizes, configurations, colors, and shapes. All Pavilions explore: Physicality, Porous Borders, Navigation, Discovery, Bilocation, Bifurcation, Proximity, Slippage, Reorientation, Commonality, and Intimacy.
The Bead-Strand Pavilions are both CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL GARDENS and INTIMACY INCUBATORS. Set within a culture of cellphone interiority and web-world meandering, the Bead-Strand Pavilions relocate some of that side-swiping slippage into physical form. Plunging into a tactile membrane turns a “viewer” into a participant. Emerging into a door-width space/unit abruptly refocuses that individual on one's own singular physicality. The tight rigidity of geometric forms set against the utter porosity of their structure causes some disorientation as one finds themselves in both a cloud and maze. One can use the walls/boarders to separate/distance oneself, straddle two spaces, or simply flow through with abandon. (ALL SOLID STRUCTURE IS SAFELY OVERHEAD). One is empowered to meander anew. The only “obstacles” one will find, are other humans. As one slips through this sensuous, gently vibrating, color-saturated, and generously textured foreign environment, will we discover one another?
These works are hung by wires from a structure above the "floating" pavilions. The success of these projects depends upon the particulars/quality of the Bead-Strands and the density of their layout.
[Various molded semi-transparent ceiling panels (which slot into the overhead metal frame) are under consideration for more permanent installations. The hyper contemporary ceiling panels (in terms of materials and form) add to a participants feeling of encapsulation in their journey into the unknown. (No ceiling panels are present in any of these illustrations.)]
A “Square Pavilion” Proposal and diagrams of a few other Pavilions are pictured below.
24’ x 24’ Square Pavilion
Besides the wire, metal frame, and luminous bead-strands, this pavilion’s floor is comprised of plush white synthetic rug and 1/4” black lava rocks. (Synthetics are set against the natural.)
12’ x 12' Small Circle Pavilion
Besides the wire, metal frame, and luminous bead-strands, this pavilion’s floor is comprised of plush white synthetic rug and glued-down dirt/earth.
(Everything depicted as a solid wall represents a dense permeable bead-strand membrane.)
24’ x 24' Half Bright White Circle Pavilion
Besides the wire, metal frame, and luminous bead-strands, this pavilion’s floor is comprised of plush white synthetic rug and various other materials.
(Only the Bead-Strand Membranes and edge of rug are pictured below. Everything depicted as a solid wall represents a dense permeable bead-strand membrane.)
Mobile Bead-Strand Pavilions (10’ x 10’ Tents)
INSTANT INTIMACY GARDEN!
Bead-Strand Triangles under 10’ x 10’ industrial pop-up tents. Besides the wire, metal frame, and luminous bead-strands, this pavilion’s floor is comprised of plush white synthetic rug and glued dirt/earth.