An exploration of ground & grain. A previously man-made island is reconsidered as a series of earth sections: a cutting and restructuring of the ground with thin concrete walls that both hold and are held by the sections of earth on either side. The striation of the ground allows for a modulation of levels of ground, subtly moving with the “natural” grade, abruptly falling or rising to form separation of spaces, collecting people or water. The site as a proposed performance space, can be read from above as an instrument - the strings of a harp or alternating keys of a piano. The free standing walls punctuate the landscape like notes on a sheet of music. On the ground, it functions also as an instrument to collect sound at the base of the hill and direct it back to the platform and classroom spaces which also function as smaller, more formal recital venues. The swelling walls offer myriad levels of space which provide the multiple grounds on which an individual can find their step or rhythm in their own musical practice.

2010 // professor Chris Bardt
Rhode Island School of Design

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