Art-ade – Designing an outdoor art gallery

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Art is everywhere! It seems to exist in a zone of freedom keeping distance from the rules and conventions of everyday life. Artists have been using paintings, sculptures and carvings as a form of expression, social message and experience. Much of the architecture that we see today has derived its form from art. Art and architecture have been united by a platform where the design, designer and their individual meanings play together. Both are created using the same organizing principles (balance, rhythm, harmony, movement, circulation) visual elements and engagement of senses.

Architecture, sculpture and painting once existed together. Admirably intertwined at various points in history- ancient cultures of east and west, gothic, renaissance and baroque periods are few examples. The closeness of the shared relationship is so unique that the subject (architecture) was predominantly taught in art schools until reclassified as science in 1958 by RIBA.

Art needs an appropriate built environment within which it can be showcased, while architecture needs art to turn bricks, concrete and steel into a space in which people relish.

With the progression of modernist movement (1860-1970), everything that did not meet the demands of structural necessity or material functionalism was deemed unnecessary and rejected. Architecture discipline began to align itself with the fields of science and technology, determined by functionality and rationalism. Another contributor to the quietus was economics. The lack of art in architecture contributed to visual poverty and impersonality.

The aim is to design an art gallery in public space that is open and accessible and promotes communication. The structure should be able to host new artists, where they can collaborate and exhibit their work.

The outdoor art gallery should take inspiration from one of the major modern art movements (i.e. impressionism, post-impressionism, cubism, fauvism, Dadaism, pop art and surrealism)

Don’t be afraid to color outside the lines and visualize bigger!