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Photo: Stone Garden of Suzhou Museum by IM PEI. Suzhou. China.

Memoriscape


Memoriscape Life may be some sort ofPeriodic landscape Hill and valley, river and lake Rejoys in sunshine Rests in moonlight Ephermal yet eternal I will plant my happiness on the peak Bury sadness in the valley Marking directions little milestones with pride In this indexical process I am nothing but a collection of memories In this vast landscape Called life Maybe time is the only instrument With which I can be my own cartographer To excurvate this memoriscape And you know what often touches me Are the things that i have forgotten Or vaguely remember Maybe my memory is also yours And in yours I could search for mine


Formally, the memoriscape echoes the dried miniature landscape gardens in the traditional Chinese or Japanese culture, where a piece of nature is recomposed in a miniature scale to signify the longing for the greater nature, functioning as a sign, evokes the memory or imagination or the real nature.


Formally, the memoriscape echoes the dried miniature landscape gardens in the traditional Chinese or Japanese culture, where a piece of nature is recomposed in a miniature scale to signify the longing for the greater nature, functioning as a sign, evokes the memory or imagination or the real nature.


In plan, It is in a circle shape as circle is the only platonic shape that does not infer any directionality or encounter the awkwardness of egde. It also address the four sides of the squrish courtyard equally without placing any bias.

Plan 1:5

Courtyard cm

300

cm

300


In plan, It is in a circle shape as circle is the only platonic shape that does not infer any directionality or encounter the awkwardness of egde. It also address the four sides of the squrish courtyard equally without placing any bias.

Plan 1:10

Courtyard

300

Entrance

300

Up

Staircase


Changing views as observer moves closer

From Entrance Moving Closer From Upstairs

As people enter the corridor and move towards the sculpture, a distinct landscape profile is exhibited. As they move closer, the landscape profile is diluted. Attention is redirected to zoom into the pieces of memory that were collected on the memoriscape. Similar to the experience when we visit a real mountain: we understand its shape from afar, but it becomes formless as we are embraced by it.


From Couryard

From Upstairs

Changing views as observer moves closer

Moving Closer

From Entrance

As people enter the corridor and move towards the sculpture, a distinct landscape profile is exhibited. As they move closer, the landscape profile is diluted. Attention is redirected to zoom into the pieces of memory that were collected on the memoriscape. Similar to the experience when we visit a real mountain: we understand its shape from afar, but it becomes formless as we are embraced by it.


Changing views as observer moves closer

From Entrance Moving Closer From Upstairs

As people enter the corridor and move towards the sculpture, a distinct landscape profile is exhibited. As they move closer, the landscape profile is diluted. Attention is redirected to zoom into the pieces of memory that were collected on the memoriscape. Similar to the experience when we visit a real mountain: we understand its shape from afar, but it becomes formless as we are embraced by it.


Visitors are invited and encouraged to read other people’s input, squat around the memoriscape, contemplate upon themselves through reading others memories, the purpose is to trigger what may be forgotten by them.


The visitors are given small sheets of aluminum cut out to write down their memories: could be a date, a name, a sentence, a story, a drawing, or anything that’s dear to heart.

individual sheet

member

These “trees” will hold visitors’ and residents’ memories of the past or wishes for the future


[Age]

The memoriscape is indexed with three exises, year [x], age [y], and mood [z]. Visitors may want to place their memory or wish according to those axises.

Plan View 1:2.5

Old

tree

[small sheet]

0 10 90 80 70

[time]

20 73

20 63

20 53

20 43

20 23

Future [time]

40 30

50.0cm 20 10

40.0cm 0

Front View 1:2.5

The landscape is actually just an empty container on its own. The matrix of (year, age, mood) is only a body of place holders that waits to be completed by visitors planting the “tree�s.

20 23

20 13

20 03

19 93

19 83

19 73

19 63

50

19 53

60

Past

[Age]

Young


[Age]

The memoriscape is indexed with three exises, year [x], age [y], and mood [z]. Visitors may want to place their memory or wish according to those axises.

Plan View 1:2.5

Old

tree

Memories

[small sheet]

0 10 90 80 70

[time]

20 73

20 63

20 53

20 43

20 23

Future [time]

40 30

50.0cm 20 10

40.0cm 0

Front View 1:2.5

The landscape is actually just an empty container on its own. The matrix of (year, age, mood) is only a body of place holders that waits to be completed by visitors planting the “tree�s.

20 23

20 13

20 03

19 93

19 83

19 73

19 63

50

19 53

60

Past

[Age]

Young


[Age]

The memoriscape is indexed with three exises, year [x], age [y], and mood [z]. Visitors may want to place their memory or wish according to those axises.

Plan View 1:2.5

Old

tree

Wishes

[small sheet]

0 10 90 80 70

[time]

20 73

20 63

20 53

20 43

20 23

Future [time]

40 30

50.0cm 20 10

40.0cm 0

Front View 1:2.5

The landscape is actually just an empty container on its own. The matrix of (year, age, mood) is only a body of place holders that waits to be completed by visitors planting the “tree�s.

20 23

20 13

20 03

19 93

19 83

19 73

19 63

50

19 53

60

Past

[Age]

Young


[Age]

The memoriscape is indexed with three exises, year [x], age [y], and mood [z]. Visitors may want to place their memory or wish according to those axises.

Plan View 1:2.5

Old

tree

[small sheet]

0 10 90 80 70 20 73

20 63

20 53

20 43

20 23

20 23

20 13

20 03

19 93

19 83

19 73

19 63

50

19 53

60

Past

Future

[time]

[time] 40 30 20 10 0

0 - 6 yrs

Front View 1:2.5

The landscape is actually just an empty container on its own. The matrix of (year, age, mood) is only a body of place holders that waits to be completed by visitors planting the “tree�s.

[Age]

Young


[Age]

The memoriscape is indexed with three exises, year [x], age [y], and mood [z]. Visitors may want to place their memory or wish according to those axises.

Plan View 1:2.5

Old

tree

[small sheet]

0 10 90 80 70 20 73

20 63

20 53

20 43

20 23

20 23

20 13

20 03

19 93

19 83

19 73

19 63

50

19 53

60

Past

Future

[time]

[time] 40 30 20 10

7 - 18 yrs

0

0 - 6 yrs

Front View 1:2.5

The landscape is actually just an empty container on its own. The matrix of (year, age, mood) is only a body of place holders that waits to be completed by visitors planting the “tree�s.

[Age]

Young


[Age]

The memoriscape is indexed with three exises, year [x], age [y], and mood [z]. Visitors may want to place their memory or wish according to those axises.

Plan View 1:2.5

Old

tree

[small sheet]

0 10 90 80 70 20 73

20 63

20 53

20 43

20 23

20 23

20 13

20 03

19 93

19 83

19 73

19 63

50

19 53

60

Past

Future

[time]

[time] 40 30 20

18 - 30 yrs

10

7 - 18 yrs

0

0 - 6 yrs

Front View 1:2.5

The landscape is actually just an empty container on its own. The matrix of (year, age, mood) is only a body of place holders that waits to be completed by visitors planting the “tree�s.

[Age]

Young


[Age]

The memoriscape is indexed with three exises, year [x], age [y], and mood [z]. Visitors may want to place their memory or wish according to those axises.

Plan View 1:2.5

Old

tree

[small sheet]

0 10 90 80 70 20 73

20 63

20 53

20 43

20 23

20 23

20 13

20 03

19 93

19 83

19 73

19 63

50

19 53

60

Past

Future

[time]

[time] 40

31 - 65 yrs 30 20

18 - 30 yrs

10

7 - 18 yrs

0

0 - 6 yrs

Front View 1:2.5

The landscape is actually just an empty container on its own. The matrix of (year, age, mood) is only a body of place holders that waits to be completed by visitors planting the “tree�s.

[Age]

Young


[Age]

The memoriscape is indexed with three exises, year [x], age [y], and mood [z]. Visitors may want to place their memory or wish according to those axises.

Plan View 1:2.5

Old

tree

Memories

[small sheet]

Wishes

0 10 90 80 70

66+ yrs

20 73

20 63

20 53

20 43

20 23

20 23

20 13

20 03

19 93

19 83

19 73

19 63

50

19 53

60

Past

Future

[time]

[time] 40

31 - 65 yrs 30 20

18 - 30 yrs

10

7 - 18 yrs

0

0 - 6 yrs

Front View 1:2.5

The landscape is actually just an empty container on its own. The matrix of (year, age, mood) is only a body of place holders that waits to be completed by visitors planting the “tree�s.

[Age]

Young


[Age]

The memoriscape is indexed with three exises, year [x], age [y], and mood [z]. Visitors may want to place their memory or wish according to those axises.

Plan View 1:2.5

Old

tree

Memories

[small sheet]

Wishes

0 10 90 80 70

66+ yrs

20 73

20 63

20 53

20 43

20 23

20 23

20 13

20 03

19 93

19 83

19 73

19 63

50

19 53

60

Past

Future

[time]

[time] 40

31 - 65 yrs 30 20

18 - 30 yrs

10

7 - 18 yrs

0

0 - 6 yrs

Front View 1:2.5

The landscape is actually just an empty container on its own. The matrix of (year, age, mood) is only a body of place holders that waits to be completed by visitors planting the “tree�s.

[Age]

Young


[Age]

The memoriscape is indexed with three exises, year [x], age [y], and mood [z]. Visitors may want to place their memory or wish according to those axises.

Plan View 1:2.5

Old

tree

Memories

[small sheet]

0 10 90 80 70 20 73

20 63

20 53

20 43

20 23

20 23

20 13

20 03

19 93

19 83

19 73

19 63

50

19 53

60

Past

Future

[time]

[time] 40

31 - 65 yrs 30 20

Age: 35 Memory @ year 1980

10 0

“I first met the most lovely girl in the world ...�

[Age]

Young


[Age]

The memoriscape is indexed with three exises, year [x], age [y], and mood [z]. Visitors may want to place their memory or wish according to those axises.

Plan View 1:2.5

Old

tree

Wishes

[small sheet]

0 10 90 80 70 20 73

20 63

20 53

20 43

20 23

20 23

20 13

20 03

19 93

19 83

19 73

19 63

50

19 53

60

Past

Future

[time]

[time] 40 30 20

Age: 7 Wish @ year 2060

10 0

“I wish i could live on Mars before i turn 50... �

[Age]

Young

7 - 18 yrs


[Age]

The memoriscape is indexed with three exises, year [x], age [y], and mood [z]. Visitors may want to place their memory or wish according to those axises.

Plan View 1:2.5

Old

tree

Memories

[small sheet]

0 10 90 80 70

66+ yrs

[time]

30 20 10 0

“I got my first little car...�

20 73

20 63

20 53

20 43

20 23

Future [time]

40

Age: 81 Memory @ year 1953

20 23

20 13

20 03

19 93

19 83

19 73

19 63

50

19 53

60

Past

[Age]

Young


Gradually, as more visitors have planted their memories, the memoriscape will be filled, covered with indexical notes, and become a physical manifestation of the collection of memories. It can then take another layer of meaning if exhibited else where.


Gradually, as more visitors have planted their memories, the memoriscape will be filled, covered with indexical notes, and become a physical manifestation of the collection of memories. It can then take another layer of meaning if exhibited else where.


Construction [Overall Structure] “Tree” [Aluminium Sheet] 2mm Thickness

i - member [Higher] Emphasizes i-direction

j - member [Lower]


Construction [Edge Connection]

Member Height = 10cm

Upper Piece of Member Lower Piece of Member

one piece: pro: seemless con: waste material

Option 1

welding: pro: save material, seemless con: require good technique

Option 2

Edge Connection Study

bolting: pro: save matierial, technically less challenging con: connection piece may be distractive

Option 3

notch + glue: pro: save material, less obvious con: glue may not be strong

Option 4

Construction Detail 1:2 _ Options for Edge Connection


Construction [Edge Connection]

one piece: pro: seemless con: waste material

Option 1

Edge Connection Study

welding: pro: save material, seemless con: require good technique

Option 2

Construction Detail 1:1 _ Options for Edge Connection


con: require good technique

Construction [Edge Connection]

bolting: pro: save matierial, technically less challenging con: connection piece may be distractive

Option 3

Edge Connection Study

notch + glue: pro: save material, less obvious con: glue may not be strong

Option 4

Construction Detail 1:1 _ Options for Edge Connection


Trees from Members 1:1 [Unit: cm]

Construction [Trees from Members]

amour

heureux

Message from the Tree “Fortune Cookie Concept” Little surprise for visitors The memory collector and giver

Zone for Writing Wishes or Memories *Markers will be provided on site

“Tree” [Aluminium Sheet]

Member

1953

Etching

1953

2mm Thickness

Cutting [Make use of every piece of material]

Index [Year] 6.2

6.2

5.0

5.0

0.2

4.8 5.0

3.5

1954

1954

3.5

5.0

0.2

4.8 5.0

0.2


Construction [Trees from Members] “Tree” [Aluminium Sheet] 2mm Thickness

Notch for “Tree” i - member [Higher]

i - member [Higher] Emphasizes i-direction

j - member [Lower]

Member Notch 4cm

j - member [Lower]

[Unit: cm] Construction Axo: i-member, j-member and trees


Construction [Trees from Members] “Tree” [Aluminium Sheet] 2mm Thickness

Notch for “Tree” i - member [Higher] Emphasizes i-direction

j - member [Lower]

“Tree” from Member Economic Material Usage: Materials released from the center of the members are used to produce “trees”

[Unit: cm] Construction Axo: i-member, j-member and trees


Construction [Trees from Members] “Tree” [Aluminium Sheet] 2mm Thickness

Message from the Tree “Fortune Cookie Concept” Little surprise for visitors The memory collector and giver

Zone for Writing Wishes or Memories *Markers will be provided on site

Notch for “Tree” i - member [Higher] Emphasizes i-direction

j - member [Lower]

Member

“Tree” from Member

Index [Year]

Economic Material Usage: Materials released from the center of the members are used to produce “trees”

[Unit: cm] Construction Axo: i-member, j-member and trees


Thank you Mar. 25. 2013


Memoryscape_Installation for FAV 2013