GOOD IDEAS GLOW IN THE DARK
RE-BALL! Competition DUPONT Underground
with Ömer Pekin
The structure examines dimensionality. It starts as a two-dimensional composition suspended from the ceiling, dividing the tunnel into a possible architectural situation. The two-dimensionality expands into the space by attaching the balls to the frame of the composition. In the beginning a regular layout of the suspended balls is provided forming veils that come down from the frames adding the third – spatial dimension to the composition. Visitors can perforate the balls and attach them with cable ties to the given structure. They are light in weight. Like this the structure is able to grow, to have openings and offer different spatial qualities, or if necessary to offer functions to a particular segment of the tunnel.
Additionally, the Balls are coated with light emitting paint that is “charged” by the light above the frames. This is not a very strong light. Rather than that, it is a light one’s eyes have to adapt to. Being consciously underground is a given condition. This condition requires the same adaptation when the lights are suddenly turned off in any space.
One ball is too weak to render this effect, but many of them together are not. Just like one ball could never picture the possibilities of what many of them together could do. There- fore, having larger structures that have many “weak” elements form strong entities.
These entities glowing into the underground Space expand the installation into the next dimension. The balls can be touched, smelled, seen and heard. These acts of perceiving things like the sounds of the balls tight together in veils and the emission of light establishes a dimension of feeling and imagination.