Location Champaign IL
Design and installation Aneesha Dharwadker, Katy Kraszewska, and Craig Reschke
"Open Ground" is the 2018 Designer-in-Residence exhibition at the University of Illinois, supported by the Department of Landscape Architecture.
The installation examines geofoam as a contemporary landscape material. It begins as a wall and deconstructs into a landscape over time, providing flexible seating options and interactive play. The installation relies on collective participation to produce various spatial possibilities.
The team was inspired by the ground as a sponge: pieces of foam were shaped, cut, and perforated to mimic drainage paths for water through a cross-section of land. Neon acrylic paint poured through the solid mass traces many possible avenues of liquid, demonstrating that the interaction of ecological materials can be both structured and unpredictable.
Photographs: Aneesha Dharwadker
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