NO FRILLS

Buffalo, NY, 2016

 

Installation, Echo Art Fair

Fabricator: Boston Valley Terra Cotta

Status: Built

 

No Frills is a site-specific installation in a semi-abandoned Chevrolet Factory by the Detroit-based architect Albert Kahn. The project explores the relationship between vernacular craft and mass-production through the medium of the architectural ornament. A 13-foot decorative column interrupts the existing grid of the assembly floor, acting both as a figure in space and as a monument to the city’s material histories. In collaboration with a local terra-cotta fabricator that specializes in facade restorations, the design explores the cultural and historical connotations of terra-cotta as an architectural material derived from industrialized production. At the same time, the project re-imagines the contemporary relevance of the ornament as an intervention strategy for obsolete architectural spaces.