KEN SMITH WORKSHOP
WallFlowers, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, NYC
Start Date: 2006
Completion Date: 2007
Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, client
Peter Mauss / ESTO, Photography
Facade-scale flower scrims were designed and fabricated for the front of the museum’s nineteenth-century building as part of the museum’s 2006 Design Triennial. The WallFlowers project is based on a procedure that merges order and seeming randomness. WallFlowers are organized on an invisible grid with the exact flower placement and flower choice subject to a specified process of indeterminant selection.
The WallFlowers scrims were fabricated from brightly colored varieties of erosion control fabrics that are typically used for landscape construction. Thousands of three-dimensional silk flowers ornament the flower shapes, which were attached on a scrim of safety orange construction fencing. Within the underlying grid, flowers were placed in one of nine possible positions until all positions were used. At this point, the process was reiterated until every grid space on the scrim was filled. The result was an ordered but indeterminant pattern.
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