We all had a group tutorial this week of us to propose possible ideas and design developments for the final result. Since our group, C8, were scheduled to come in the morning I rushed to Camberwell. However only two people including me came to the tutorial. Anyway the tutorial got started and we shared our ideas to the tutor and some sketches based on last weeks feedback of our presentation. We were thinking of using the real soil to put it in a box for people to feel the smell and touch its texture to express disruption. But the problem that tutor pointed out was, how are we gonna afford the price of the total amount of soil we want to use. Because we really wanted to make a big box and this means we need that much of soil to correspond with it. Also he told us about an installation similar to our idea which is in New York. It was a room filled with huge amount of soils.
So I searched some information about that. It is “Walter de Maria, The New York Earth Room”. It’s an interior earth sculpture of 250 cubic yards of earth. It’s 3600 square feet of floor space, 22inch depth of material, and the total weight of sculpture is 280,000 Ibs. The New York Earth Room, 1977, is the 3rd Earth Room sculpture executed by the artist, the first being Munich, Germany in 1968. The second was installed at the Hessisches Landesmuseum in Darmstadt, Germany in 1974. The first two works no longer exist. The New York Earth Room has been on long-term view to the public since 1980. This work was commissioned and is maintained by Dia Art Foundation.
For the next week tutorial, we were asked to bring a physical example. Try to keep the smell of moist soil, atmosphere. And try to think about how can we lure people, how to make the space dark, and use headphones to increase the effect of sounds.