Daphne is an iteration of ongoing research on the possibility of paper as architectural material that can transform the perception of the space. Rather than simply retreating the old surface of existing tunnel the way it is, the intervention of creating another spatial structure within a tunnel was proposed. The intervention did not completely enclose the existing condition but respecting the existing spatial conditions, series of repeating pattern of solids and voids allowed to conceptualize the coexistence of old and new.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Daphne is a site-specific installation situated within the tunneled stairway that interplays with the notion of concealing and revealing the ancient walls of the tunnel leading to the peak of Kasteli in Santorini, Greece. Made entirely of self-supporting paper panels, Daphne creates an enclosure that intervenes the visitors' perception of the existing condition as a container of conglomerated memory as the paper panels age and take their shape accordingly to the local conditions. LED lighting contained within the panels will illuminate during nighttime that expresses the different perception of the space.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
A trace of Daphne can be seen halfway up the stairway before the entrance of the tunnel. Starting from a few rows of panels at the foot of the stairs, it grows its number as the user enters the tunnel. The panels encapsulated the interior tunnel, juxtaposing the existing tunnel surface with the new intervention of Daphne. The illumination from the panels accentuated the space from dusk to dawn that emphasizes how the existing materiality of the tunnel could coexist with new materiality to suggest uncanny, yet, mesmerizing possibility.
At the beginning of the installation pristine condition of Daphne emphasizes a contemporary intervention at the ancient site, celebrating the coexistence of old and new. Throughout the duration of Biennale, the changing environmental conditions (wind, sunlight, humidity, human interactions, etc.) play an important aspect of aging and wearing of the material. These natural conditions at the site could not be controlled and influences its ephemeralness.
However, this process allows to illustrate how the transformation of textural and color quality could communicate a phenomenal conditions of time and space to the passersby. Eventually when the physical presence of Daphne will be taken away from the site, perhaps another memory within the space will be created, transcended and remembered by Pyrgos residents. These latent effects of Daphne expressing this ephemeral condition of aging and disappearance are a key factors, in which the "past", "present" and "future" all are contained and communicated to the viewers.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Daphne was exhibited at Santorini Biennale of Arts 2012 in Greece during the period of July 2012 to September 2012. Throughout the summer, the village of Pyrgos acted as a main venue for the Biennale.
Daphne was located at the stairway tunnel where every visitor have to encounter before reaching the fortified settlement of Kasteli at the peak of Pyrgos village.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Initial production began from figuring out the overall geometry that can contain within the tunnel using 3D software of Rhinoceros and Maya. The surface geometry was subdivided and panelized so that it is composed into a 6-sided star shaped unit. This system allows a repeating pattern of solids and voids so that the users are able to perceive the existing grand space of the tunnel merging with the new intervention.
Total of 360 self-supporting hollow panels were figured out. Each panels were unfolded in Rhinoceros that was prepared for physical productions. Each panel pattern was printed on heavyweight watercolor papers that were cut and prefolded prior to shipping them from Japan to Greece.
These flat-packed materials were assembled at site, linked with each other by zip-ties and situated within the existing tunnel space. String LED lights were installed within the panels so that the tunnel space got brightly lit and could be accessed by nighttime visitors to Kasteli and nearby tavernas.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
25m2 (approx. L: 8000 x W: 3500 x H: 3000)
Daphne, Paper, LED, Lighting, Tunnel, Panels, Santorini, Greece, Biennale
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Fumio Hirakawa and Marina Topunova
24° Studio, 2012.