“Blueprint: Who’s urban appropriation is this?” is an exhibition about urban appropriation and Hip-Hop-Culture curated by Amal Alhaag and Damiana De Windt at TENT, Rotterdam.
I was asked to design furniture for the library and as sitting element for events.
“The Tower” is to its opposite is a mathematical structure consisting of blocks of increasing sides: A triangle on top of a square on top of a pentagon, …until it has 8 sides and approximates a circle.
Stacked like this it is a symbol of power and wealth. Is it an ivory tower or the one of Babel?
But it can also be taken apart and spread on the ground to sprinkle the floor as little platforms. This allows it also to be build up in different manners - from aligned to spiralling.
The library is build from cheap material. It features a "Book Roof” and 3 seating elements.
A favela- ,slum-, township-roof is the opposite of the ivory tower.
A roof is a house. A roof is also a symbol for the intellect. On a roof usually you have a good outlook over the community.
The "Braided Bench" have extra a lot of legs to be rooted.
They make a graphic pattern similar to a code or Hieroglyphs.
Graphics are strong source of identity in street culture.
They could be a 3D tag from crew we don’t know or an enlarged artisan element.
01.06. - 27.08. 2017 BLUEPRINT: Whose urban appropiation is this? A project by Metro 54 TENT, Rotterdam