Wild Design: Nature Meets Architecture
July 24–28, 2017

Week 3 Theme: Wild nature invades architectural design as campers imagine what happens when the line between inside and outside is blurred. Stephanie Cardon’s giant doorway transforms our experience of scale and nature offering dramatic views from above and below of abundant growth of vines, flowers, and trees. The mysterious beauty of nature’s repeating designs, like those in Adria Arch’s shell triptych, and in patterns found throughout deCordova’s campus provide infinite design possibilities.

Week 3 Project: Campers will construct rooms of a home with nature as both inspiration and medium. Patterned bark-printed wallpaper is complemented by textured bark walls. Pine boughs become paintbrushes as well as protective roofs. Leaves are stitched together to create flowing walls and also transformed to make decorative color. Campers will domesticate nature while unleashing innovative design in the Park!

The BIG idea: Contemporary art in deCordova's 30-acre Sculpture Park and Museum galleries connects the hive’s weekly themes to real world ideas, unbounded creativity, and inspiring innovation. Each camper’s personal interests and unique abilities are welcomed and complement those of new friends while everyone learns from each other.

2017 Inspiration: This summer we riff off the exciting Museum exhibition, Expanding Abstraction: New England Women Painters,1950 to Now. Like the artists, campers reimagine what they see on the ground, in the forest, and in outer space to create their own collaborative installations in the Sculpture Park. The four weekly-themes are starting points to spark imaginative possibilities that campers make their own with each week’s project!

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Image 1: Stephanie Cardon, Beacon, 2015, concrete and vinyl coated steel cable, 186 x 432 x 60 inches, Courtesy of the artist
Image 3: Adria Arch, Shell Triptych, 1992, monotype and acrylic on wood (triptych), 15 3/8 x 10 1/8 inches (left panel),  15 3/8 inches (center panel), 15 3/8 x 10 5/8 inches (right panel), Gift of the Artist 
Image 4: Adria Arch, Shell Triptych, 1993, monotype and acrylic on wood (triptych), 15 3/8 x 10 1/8 inches (left panel), 15 3/8 x 10 3/4 inches (center panel), 15 3/8 x 10 5/8 inches (right panel), Gift of the Artist


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