We are in full-production with the development of our installation, September Sweetness, for the Singapore Biennale. The past months have been mainly logistical challenges, but Yangon-based artist Aung Ko is now safely with us in Vietnam and fully engaged in the work.
As I've said before, this blog, as the digital counterpart to my sketchbook, is record of ideas and processes. An architecture that has been constructed for hundreds of years becomes a formidable challenge when the material is altered. In this case, sugar for the traditional materials of brick or plaster. We have been consulting with a number of experts from structural engineers to cooks, and at the end of the day, spend hours in our room playing with different model configurations.
Our greatest asset so far has been our arts assistant, Mai Tung. Tomorrow, we have an appointment at a factory that may manufacture our full-scale fiberglass molds.
Chaw Ei and Aung Ko draw up sketches for mold segments
Chaw Ei constructs a preliminary model from modeling clay
Experimenting with different sugar formulas. This time combining sugar and lime (calcium oxide)
Consulting with a structural engineer about weight displacement
Reconciling mold designs with the model after speaking with the structural engineer
Imagine this scaled to 12 feet and made completely out of sugar.
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