With Step 7: Our Fathers, Ibañez Kim investigated methods for creating volume and spaces. As visitors bowed down to enter the installation, they triggered sensors, including a blinding light and the recorded voices of renowned modernist architects (or our fathers: Johnson, Aalto, Mies, Pei, Tange, Luis Sert, Neimeyer, and Gropius), revealing their visions for the future.
Ibañez Kim chose to clad the structure with an Okoume veneer over a timber frame. SGH analyzed the form directly from the artists’ three-dimensional model. We assisted the design team by providing recommendations for the layout, sizing members, and detailing connections. The form’s weight distribution made it apt to tip over, but the exhibit precluded the teams from connecting to the existing slab. SGH helped the design team by identifying areas where they should add weight and determining locations where they needed to connect the installation to the base to ensure it was stable.
Ibañez Kim digitally fabricated the sculpture and the installation was in place from June through October 2015.