Half Invisible: Deserted Desert Cabin Remixed with Mirrors
Report by Urbanist, filed under Installation & Sound in the Ar2rk class.
In contrast to a mirage on the horizon, this quaint minor abode is completely true, even if it seems to half-disappear by means of alternating wood and (seemingly) see-by way of slats.
A task by Phillip K Smith III (photographs by Stephen King Photography and Lance Gerber), Lucid Stead modifies an current abandoned house shape that is simple and acquainted.
By means of its materials, nevertheless, the artist makes the developing interact with the landscape in mind-bending methods, reflecting its surroundings through prolonged horizontal siding and framed rectangular (faux) windows that slowly light up at night. The effect is a odd partial vanishing of the construction.
Of the perform, the artist writes: “Lucid Stead is about tapping into the quiet and the speed of adjust of the desert. When you slow down and align yourself with the desert, the project begins to unfold before you. It reveals that it is about light and shadow, reflected light, projected light, and adjust.”
From the portfolio web page: “Composed of mirror, LED lighting, customized built electronic gear and Arduino programming amalgamated with a preexisting framework, this architectural intervention, at 1st, would seem alien in context to the bleak landscape. In daylight the 70 yr previous homesteader shack, that serves as the armature of the piece, reflects and refracts the surrounding terrain like a mirage or an hallucination. As the sun tucks behind the mountains, gradually shifting, geometric colour fields emerge right up until they hover in the desolate darkness.”