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The psychological effects of architectural space can best be understood through the experience of unique environments.

Pittsburgh, PA Sculpture
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"A Room for 3" is an installation sculpture consisting of a massive, suspended wooden beam that diagonally bisects a gallery space.  This sculpture will only come to fruition with your help!

*The images below are of a 1/12 scale model of the facility, and the artwork.  This Kickstarter project is to raise the funds necessary to build the sculpture*

To understand the volume of the main gallery space, imagine the amount of space that two tractor trailers parked side-by-side would occupy. Now place two more tractor trailers on top of the first two. A stack of 4 tractor trailers is an accurate representation of volume of the gallery space. 

This sculpture was designed specifically for the main gallery  at The Brew House Association. I have been selected as one of two featured artists for 2012.  "A Room For 3" will be the second, and final solo exhibition for this year's featured artist series. With your funding, this proposed installation will be on exhibit for 6 weeks. The opening night (September 29, 2012) is hosted by the Brew House Association, with free food and drink provided by The Duquesne Brewery and The Brew House Association.   In addition to the opening ceremony, I would give a public lecture about the psychological impact of architectural space, citing the philosophy and research of Mikel Dufrenne in his piece, "Phenomenology of Aesthetic Experience", and Gaston Bachelard in his book, "The Poetics of Space".  

For additional information, please contact the gallery director, Chris McGinnis at 724-840-2257, or feel free to contact me at 203-317-9308.

In the images below, you will see a before and after perspective (maquette sculpture) of the exhibition space. (all images and models by Adam Robinson Criscuolo)

view from front entrance 1
view from front entrance 1

When you enter the double doors from the street, this is the view you see.  The ramp on the left is a stairway to the office/loft, and a small gallery is off to the left.  This is the main gallery.  This is the before image.

view from front entrance 1A
view from front entrance 1A

The wooden beam projects into the entranceway, about 15ft in the air above the viewer.  This is the "after" image.

view from front window
view from front window
view from front window 1A
view from front window 1A

The ropes that will suspend the beam create a unique silhouette on the existing wall- which is a textured laden, painted brick surface.  The shadow lines that are cast create a series of perpendicular lines, which visually distort the shape of the gallery.

view from back entrance
view from back entrance

In the image above, the opening at the far right of the space is the double door front entrance, also, it is the vantage point from which the image "view from front entrance 1" was taken.

view from back entrance 1A
view from back entrance 1A

The ropes create a twisted wall, as each line of rope follows the edge of the beam diagonally across the gallery.

view from stage
view from stage
view from the stage/platform 2
view from the stage/platform 2

The bottom of the beam will nest into the corner created by the edge of the stage and the wall.

The materials used for fabrication of the beam will be mocked up off site.  I will use my own equipment to transport all materials from my supplier, to the jobsite.  The beam will be fabricated on site, and raised via a series of stepped pulleys (block and tackle).  A scissor lift will enable me to set a series of anchors along the length of the room, which the ropes will fasten to.  There will be 40 individual rope lines, spaced 10"(inches) apart, suspending the beam.  A concealed safety shackle will be installed within the beam, and will be anchored to a structural support on the ceiling.  The projected weight of the beam is 1100lbs.  The low weight comes from using hollow-core construction.  The beam will have the illusion of being solid.  Each of the 40 rope links will have a 240lb shear strength, and the safety shackle will be rated for 1500lbs.  Final anchoring mechanism TBD following a structural consult with the building engineer.  

*For more information about this particular exhibition, or the gallery- please contact the current curator/director, Chris Mcginnis at 724-840-2257 or chris@chrismcginnisart.com

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    Unique coffee table- 71"long, 20" high, 21" deep.
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