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
Photographs: Aneesha Dharwadker
Exhibition guide graphics