I have been thinking all day about what I should write about today. I guess this blog post will be both a reflection on the past five months and a goodbye.
“To enhance the visitor’s experience” – was our task and goal for this project. I think we achieved that goal. I realized that today when standing among hundreds of people I saw the platform packed with those who wanted to see the artwork from above – a view they wouldn’t be able to achieve from anywhere else in the gallery.
Reflecting back on the past six months designing and constructing the platform makes me think of all we have gone through as a studio. We had tears and laughter, we had studio romances and break-ups, late nights and early mornings. These things have brought ten strangers together like a family, so besides the great project we can photograph and put in our portfolio, we got great friendships that will last a lifetime. Thank you Minji, Jeff, LeRone, Elise, Adam, Madison, Cailtlin, Chris and Sam!
I know this project wouldn’t be possible without Motoi. After seeing the art work for the first time today, I can truly say it is absolutely breathtaking. No photograph can translate the intricacy, the beauty and the feeling of Zen one gets from looking at his artwork. It is the best piece of contemporary art I have ever seen. Thank you Motoi for giving us a chance to be a part of your art!
And lastly I would like to thank Dave Pastre for everything he has done for us and the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston. I don’t know how many sleepless nights past midnight he has spent with us working on this project. Thank you for your expertise and sometimes the lack of. You weren’t afraid to try methods that were new to all of us and I think all of respect you for it. Thank you for not settling for mediocrity and pushing us to do the best. All of us will be better designers because of you.
I didn’t mean for this blog post to turn into an academy awards acceptance speech, and I think the best way to end this semester’s blog is with an invitation. The end is the beginning: the exhibition will continue through Spoleto Festival all the way up to July 7th. Come to Charleston, come to the Halsey, come see the artwork, and come see the platform.