PORTAL INTO SUMMER
Design: 2023 Phase: Concept Area: 160 sf Budget: $ Category: Art | Architecture Installation Brief “The Portal into Summer” is an interactive installation that encourages the public to take a moment to consider the effects of their actions on the environment. The installation is designed to provoke reflection and introspection, encouraging visitors to think about the impact they have on the natural world and to consider ways in which they can reduce their footprint. The installation invites the public to engage with the artwork in a way that promotes awareness and understanding of environmental issues and encourages them to take steps toward sustainability. Overall, the installation aims to create a space for individuals to pause, reflect, and contemplate the relationship between human activity and the natural world. Concept Interrupting the casual chat with family or friends or the small talk with a stranger, “The Portal into Summer” is an installation art piece that aims to transport visitors to the vibrant colors and warmth of the summer season. The soothing sound of wind chimes, incorporated into the design, connects audiences with nature and encourages them to slow down and appreciate the beauty of the surrounding environment. The portal’s swimming ring symbolizes the need to hold onto something as humanity’s actions contribute to climate change. This bright and plastic oasis serves as a reminder to reflect on our relationship with nature and to start taking steps towards being more sustainable. The installation is powered by solar energy, emphasizing the importance of using renewable energy sources. Overall, “The Portal into Summer” is meant to be a place of contemplation, where visitors can pause and consider their impact on the environment and ways to give back to nature. Relation to the theme "Renewal" Renewal refers to the process of making something new or fresh again or extending or updating something that already exists. Referring to the process of making anew, “The Portal into Summer”, made of balanced, light, yet strong transparent swimming rings creating a rhythmic pattern, invites the visitor to take action in life as they enter within the lit structure. The use of light in this art project incites the user to explore how one can create new beginnings for oneself. The structure’s lightness inspires people to drop yesterday’s load, forget about the past, and allow their serene, rejuvenated selves, boasting renewal to embrace the future life ahead. In collaboration with G. Bupe and M.Garbuz.