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BOWER is a participatory design installation planned for the 2013 Wassaic Project Summer Exhibition
BOWER is a participatory design installation planned for the 2013 Wassaic Project Summer Exhibition
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BOWER is a design installation planned for the Wassaic Project exhibition space in a seven story converted mill in Wassaic, NY for summer 2013. The Wassaic Project hosts an exhibition of 100 plus artists and attracts thousands of visitors during its summer festival. The concept of our project is inspired by the Bowerbirds of Australia and New Guinea, nature’s fine feathered aficionados of design. They gather natural and manmade objects and carefully arrange them into beautiful patterns around their nests in order to attract and impress potential mates. In the spirit of these curatorial casanovas, we hope to engage visitors with a participatory installation. Our collective will design sets of objects restricted by color and other parameters to display within a site-specific architectural structure. Visitors are invited to collect, sort and reconfigure the installation; flaunting their inner bowerbird.

The design collective includes:

Emma Alpert
Shoham Arad
Matthew Cassity
Ivan Martinez
Jill Peterson
Sarah Sandman
Kelley Sullivan

We are raising money to buy materials to build the structure and create the objects for the BOWER installation. If our goal is achieved, each designer will be rewarded with $250 to offset personal material costs. The remainder of the money will be used for the building of the larger architectural structure and transportation. Help expose emerging designers to a larger creative community.Your support is invaluable. Our project won’t happen without you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! <3

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We are confident in our ability to complete our designed objects and have already secured a space in the mill at the Wassaic Project. Concepts have been confirmed and drafts and prototypes are well underway. The final barrier for completion is simply having money to purchase materials. Help us create a one of a kind design experience that engages audiences to explore and share their own creative potential.

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    Original drawing by Matt Cassity
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    Framed BOWER print designed and printed by Sarah Sandman. 12x12 inches, silk screen.

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