Operation Zen Garden
Hello backers, it has been 9 weeks since Cast & Place went live on Governors Island. Watching the pavilion interact with the changing weather and the island visitors has been amazing. If you haven't had a change to see for yourself, you're in luck! Governors Island is staying open late this year and the pavilion won't be coming down until the end of October. In the meantime, here are some photos to tide you over.
When we installed the pavilion on the island, we did the clay a little differently than we had done in the studio. Instead of mixing it with a concrete mixer, we crushed it, spread it out in trays, soaked it in water,and mixed it until it was saturated. It worked, but we weren't able to get as high of a ratio of water to clay, so the cracks were much thinner. We decided recently to redo the clay with a process that was more similar to what we did in the studio so that the cracks in the clay would better match the pattern in the panels. We called it Operation Zen Garden.
First we dug up the clay. Then we added it to the concrete mixer and mixed it with water until it was about the texture of a thin chocolate milkshake. We poured it back into the trays carefully and screeded it until it was smooth.
We were way to dirty to take pictures during the process, but when we finished we had a few hours of reflecting pools as the clay began to dry.
We closed off the site to make sure that no one would disturb the clay (we know how tempting it is), and then we waited.
Spoiler Alert: It was beautiful.