A dome-shaped, outdoor installation by Danish artist Anja Franke, architect John Southern, and newest addition to the M & A team, lead fabricator Nick Blake, is an construction of bamboo and industrial felt. Now bulging from the courtyard space on Silver Lake Boulevard, the piece is a mix of Northern and Southern clime influences. The piece, entitled, Igloo / Ukendt, is an insertion of the idea of a cold climate icon rendered using warm climate materials and techniques appropriate to Southern California.
Anja Franke contacted M & A while she was hosting architectural installations in her own backyard in a suburb of Copenhagen during the summer of 2004. A visitor had told her about the similarities between her project, entitled, “instantHERLEV” and the ongoing installations at M & A. Igloo / Ukendt is the result of three years of gradual development and an intensive collaboration between the lead team-members and M & A.
Conceptual video here.
Extra special thanks to all the skilled volunteers who made this happen: Elizabeth Anderson-Kempe, Freya Bardell, Joanne Bloomfield, Michael Brown, Johan Franke, Sean Harris, Mishal Hashmi, Andreas Hessing, Loraine Kells, Rob Lamb, Do yeun Lee, Hellen Lessick, Oliver Liao, Jaine Manrique, Bryan Oknyansky, Jessica Pell, Julie Pell, Stephanie Snow, Daniel Stehr, Simon Storey, Casey S. Tear, Colin Tucker, Branden Ushijima, Clair Vitto, Tomas Wordlund, and Adam Wordlund
Interns: Marcos Figueroa, Elizabeth Marley, and Kathy Williams