Wearable Architecture / 33 Spans Bridge
33 Spans Bridge (Si-o-se Pol) is a 295 meters length bridge with 14 meters width that contains 33 spans, built in early 17th century along with glorious Safavid period in city of Isfahan, Iran, over the Zayandeh river which means the river that delivers Life. It was one of the Abrizgan festival venues that were held as Water Respect and Glorification.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Environmental protection, global warming and specially drought are global concerns. In my country Iran, drought is much more critical. Taking into consideration of public attention and minds to such crucial issue and asking for water saving was the main aim of choosing Si-o-se Pol for wearable architecture collection.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Simplicity as the most priority in design process made the object obviously easy and daily use. The exclusive design and uniqueness bring more pleasure and satisfaction. With such rich cultural background of object, the audience feels much more confidant and tries to acquire deeper realisation of his/her cultural achievements, current advantages and weaknesses at the same time. Emotionally point of view, these subjective challenges lead to a hidden bond between audience and article; it contributes vaster connection, which does not make sense by ordinary accessories or jewelries.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The Project Started in July 2014 and finished in January 2017 in Tehran, Iran and is not exhibited before the A' design Award Competition.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The main role of bridge is connecting two sides of the river, which harshly affected due to recent years drought and only has seasonal function. The idea of design was changing the connecting role and exposing it as an element that embosoms water. Vitreous enamel in light-blue colour as a symbol of water applied on top of the ring where typically allocated to precious stones like Diamond indicates and tries to emphasise on Water as the Future Gem.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Design with Matrix, Made by gold, Weight about 6.00 Grams, Vitreous Enamel
Si-o-se Pol Ring, Wearable Architecture, Siose Pol Ring, 33 Spans Bridge Ring
As an architect and individual interest in jewellery design, I tried to design a jewellery collection, which called Wearable Architecture inspired by Persian architectural artworks; taking into consideration different social, cultural or environmental subjects was my aim; Although all the constructions from palaces to urban elements are masterpieces architecturally point of view but only few of them considered as designing inspiration due to their architectural values; mostly chose to emphasise on a specific subjects as mentioned earlier.
Through designing process of Wearable Architecture collection it was tried to make the pieces easy as much as possible not only to simplify delivering the main idea of design but also considering not complicated making process and keeping the industrial ability of production which make the collection definitely accessible to all who are interested in. Commitment and loyalty to the main artworks that were the inspiration resource of the collection was another challenging aspect of the design process while transformation of urban scale structure to a jewellery function and scale desired.
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Image #1,2: Photographer Hedieh Kavoosian, 33 Spans Bridge, 2017.
Image #1,2: Model Niloofar Kavoosian, 33 Spans Bridge, 2017.
Image #3,4,5: Photographer Barax Studio, 33 Spans Bridge, 2017