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spatial : monument design : design views, process_week 1

spatial : monument design : design views, process_week 1
February 1, 2015 nick howland

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For our monument building project, Morgan and I are building a monument to Childhood. Specifically that warm fuzzy feeling we pine for as adults. The simplicity that seemed to cradle our lives when we were young, but has since sadly disappeared.

The monument itself will be an interactive “xylophone” in which people walking past can activate by stepping onto and through gates that will light up and emit a sound when interacted with. The base of the gate, which will be located underneath the ground, will light up with a color when stepped on, which will illuminate the standing portion of the gate at night. The standing portion of the gate will be white, to connect with the innocence of childhood. The gates will have rounded corners and will get larger as they progress further into the park area where the monument is located.

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The location of the monument is a small park in the middle of New York City, just blocks from Wall Street. This provides a contrast to the statue, seeing as this area is widely known for everything that is the exact opposite of childhood. It’s a place that could use some liveliness and excitement.

Our keywords for the project:

  • simple
  • playful
  • active
  • discovery
  • creative
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