This post from me is long overdue. Although I feel as though I should start writing about this semester’s project, the first three posts by the students have done a great job of that so far, so I am going to use this opportunity to recap some summer events concerning last semester’s project with the Halsey. First of all, there were several videos produced by the Halsey that were beautifully done and we failed to link to on the Studio Blog. Here is one that focused on Motoi Yamamoto and his installation at the Halsey Gallery:
The show by all accounts was a great success. The salt art of Motoi captivated the city of Charleston and was a great compliment to the other fine shows of this years Spoleto Festival. Mark mentioned that this show shattered all attendance records for the Halsey Gallery, and we feel humbled to have had the opportunity to be involved with such a successful project.
I was extremely impressed with the turnout of people who came for the dismantling of Motoi’s work (the day is well documented at the Halsey blog here). It was sad to see it go, but it was fun to be part of the cyclical process that was always the intention from the beginning.
I was worried that it would be sad to remove the viewing platform from the Halsey Gallery the day after the salt dismantling, but it was actually fun to see several of the students return to help and to get the chance to work side by side with my partner in Design/Build at Clemson Dan Harding. Dan made the trip to Charleston to help take down the platform and load it on a trailer to take it back to Clemson to be used in a project there this Fall. One of the most satisfying parts of this process making temporary installations has been working collaboratively with main campus and getting to see those projects take on a new life re-imagined in a new, unique project there. I’ll make sure to update the status of the viewing platform here over the next few months.
This semester’s project is another temporary installation, so it goes without saying that part of it’s design intension has to take into account it’s reincarnation.