Enormous and reasoned assembling of umbrellas, wood, cables and nets. Composite structure supporting the machine, the installation, the shelter. Compartment that can be reconfigured and can host a user/person. Without any fixation, structurally autonomous, therefore able to move in the space of the yard according to the visitors’/users’ (inside or outside the compartment) desires and interactions. From the inside, the user can make the composition of the surface vary, defining its degree of opacity and privacy.
By interfering with a space, we want our compartment to arouse people’s curiosity and question the audience during the whole exhibition. Disconcerting piece because of its size, (but how did they manage to make take it through the door… ?), its assembling of familiar objects (hey, I know what it is, but I would have never thought of using it this way…) and its use (you can isolate yourself there?).
« (…) Included/incarcerated in this strange sea urchin-umbrella, diverting familiar objects from the daily life, the users, by the configuration that they print on this shell for gentlemen, express their needs, relationship to the world, and sensitivity of the moment. (…)»
Abri n°177 is made of an assembling of umbrellas that form a truncated icosahedron.
Here is an exhaustive list of the equipment we used:
– 32 grand-golf umbrellas with a curved handle and a wooden stick. Metal umbrella ribs and canvas coordinated in nylon. Weight : 458 gr., dimensions : 49 x Ø 100 mm
– 20 tie rods tension/compression. Each of them is made of 3 pieces of aluminum soldered to each other. [1 Swedish 90° pipe wrench soldered to a folded aluminum section (3 mm thick) and 2 plates of 5 and 10 mm thick) to fix the cables and poles]
– 12 tie rods tension/compression. Each of them is made of 3 pieces of aluminum soldered to each other. [Swedish 90° pipe wrench soldered to a folded aluminum section (3 mm thick) and 2 plates to fix the cables (5 mm thick)]
– 30 wooden poles, of a diameter of 4 cm for a length of 37 cm (total of 11m10)
– 30 steel cables Ø5 mm with hooks and stainless steeled wire-strainer of 130 cm (total of 39m)
– 60 steel cables Ø5 mm avec hooks and stainless steeled wire-strainer of 69cm (total of 42m)
“Il pleuvait fort sur la grand-route / Elle cheminait sans parapluie / J’en avais un,volé, sans doute / Le matin même à un ami / Courant alors à sa rescousse / Je lui propose un peu d’abri / En séchant l’eau de sa frimousse / D’un air très doux, elle m’a dit ” oui “…. Un p’tit coin d’parapluie / Contre un coin d’paradis / Elle avait quelque chos’ d’un ange / Un p’tit coin d’paradis / Contre un coin d’parapluie / Je n’perdais pas au chang’, pardi… “
Le parapluie – Georges Brassens (1952)
Galerie les filles du calvaire
17, rue des Filles-du-calvaire – 75003 Paris
Open from tuesday to saturday from 11:00 AM to 06:30 PM
from 10-10-2008 to 25-10-2008
more info http://ozcollective.com
special thanks to Gaëtan Kohler Architect
the autors is Alexandre Pachiauddi and Gaëtan Kohler