Alois Kronschlaeger will be creating a new, site-specific work entitled, Spire, encompassing three floors of an abandoned commercial building in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan as part of ArtPrize 2011. This installation is hosted by SiTE:LAB, a local nonprofit that coordinates temporary art projects, and the University of Michigan School of Art & Design. Kronschlaeger was invited to participate by the curatorial staff of the SiTE:LAB and the University.
Like most of Kronschlaeger’s work, Spire will demonstrate a preoccupation with environment and light, exploring the ways in which new materials can revive and transform a space. It represents a unique opportunity for Kronschlaeger, challenging him to incorporate engineering into his largest and most complex project to date reaching 52 feet in height with numerous vantage points over three levels.
Spire is becoming a true community project employing four local residents over a six-week construction period. Spire will be 52 feet in height, 32 feet in width and 32 feet in depth with materials consisting of 1,000 12-foot wooden 2” x 2”s, 10 rolls of 100 foot-long mesh, and 100 gallons of paint.
To follow this project’s development, go to: www.aloiskronschlaeger.wordpress.com.
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