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126 The Earthen Calf
A proposal for an art installation giving form to ritual as process, for the creation and (re)use of earthen materials; visitors progress from space to space in a performance delineated by a continuous surface from floor to ceiling, open on all sides; designed to adapt to rooms of varying dimensions
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The Earthen Calf

A proposal for an art installation giving form to ritual as process, for the creation and (re)use of earthen materials; visitors progress from space to space in a performance delineated by a continuous surface from floor to ceiling, open on all sides; designed to adapt to rooms of varying dimensions.

Proposal ↴
'Earthen Calf' commemorates the process of creating earthen materials. The creation of earthen material brings intentions and yields a ritual. Our conventional building materials have proven our disconnect from our spiritual nature.

Earthen materials have long been the traditional building materials in many cultures. Our ancestors used earthen materials as an architectural device to connect to the divine. Through earthen materials, we bring spirituality to mundane spaces.

The exhibition space itself follows the story of the biblical tabernacle: a portable earthly dwelling place of Yahweh. It is a spatial embodiment of a radical act of hospitality, a safe place. The tabernacle itself was a cycle of dismantling and rebuilding that resembles the life cycle of earthen materials. Within the tabernacle, a series of architectural metaphors guide its pilgrims to connect with God.

There are three parts to the tabernacle: the preparation space, the common practice space and the holy of the holies, where only a few can go in to witness the presence of God. The layout of the exhibition follows the spatial relationship of the tabernacle to show the cyclical process of earthen materials and encourages visitors to actively participate in the process. The first space is the destruction space where old materials turn back to dust. The second, where the material is recreated to create a totem through 3d printing. Last but not least, the last room will display the required materials for creating earthen materials.
'Earthen Calf' is an exhibition that intends to celebrate but also bring awareness to natural materials as a device to heal our planet.

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The tabernacle, engraving from Robert Arnauld d'Andilly's 1683 translation of Josephus. Source: Wikipedia

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2022 Oct 07 08:55:38 UTC, CC-BY-SA International, Andrew Chee.

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