Photo Credit: Dominic Russo

ARIZONA!

November 2018 - April 2019

Scottsdale, Arizona

PUBLISHED IN

Photo Credit: Scottsdale Public Art

Design

Jin Choi and Thomas Shine

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Volunteers

Crocheters

Assembly Crew

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Structural Design

Thomas Shine

James Axley, (Emeritus) Professor Yale School of Architecture

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Rigging

Hannon Rigging

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Engineering

McLaren Engineering Group

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Metal Fabrication

Magnum Companies

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Installation 

Thomas Shine

Jin Choi

Scottsdale Public Art

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Special Thanks to 

Kim Curry Evans, Scottsdale Public Art

Jennifer Gill, Scottsdale Public Art

Kayla Newnam, Scottsdale Public Art

John Shimkus, Scottsdale Public Art

Matthew Hannon, Hannon Rigging

Dominic Russo, Hannon Rigging

Photo Credit:  Scottsdale Public Arts and Choi+Shine

ARIZONA! is designed to interact with natural light during the day and glow when illuminated at night. 

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During the day, the crocheted surface of ARIZONA! reflects, absorb and retransmit sunlight. In the morning or late afternoon sun, the ribbons appear as glowing, translucent objects. During the full day sun, the lightweight and yet huge lace ribbons cast intricate, patterned shadows, creating both a pleasant visual experience and a second reading from the overlapping lace patterns.

The mysteriously glowing large lace ribbons create a sense of magic with their dynamic movements frozen, emphasizing the stillness of the sculpture with an ethereal and quieting nature. The mirrored reflections on the canal complete and enclose the form of the entwined ribbons, a mirage that further defies the notion of time and gravity.

Photo Credit: © 2018 Choi+Shine Architects

Photo Credit: © 2018 Choi+Shine Architects

Photo Credit: © 2018 Choi+Shine Architects

The swirls of ARIZONA! creates walls and canopies of laces bending and overlapping to engage spaces within that can be occupied. Some of these spaces are narrow passages that are compressed in increasing anticipation of the release, which leads to an enclosure that affords a view through the other layered spaces and their veiled occupants.

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This arrangement creates interesting theatrical relationships between the seeing and the seen. Visitors inside the meandering folds of ribbons are staged as part of the artwork while viewers outside will become spectators of the artwork’s occupants. This relationship is reversed when the occupants see the city and the people outside the sculpture framed as artwork, captured in each openings of the lace.

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Seeing these out of scale, unexpected lace ribbons intertwined with the canal and the bridge causes the viewer to stop and gaze. This momentary pause of our routine provides an opportunity to  find the poetry around us, in Arizona.

Photo Credit: © 2018 Choi+Shine Architects

Photo Credit: © 2018 Choi+Shine Architects

Photo Credit: Matthew Hannon

Photo Credit: © 2018 Choi+Shine Architects

Photo Credit: © 2018 Choi+Shine Architects

Photo Credit: © 2018 Choi+Shine Architects

Photo Credit: © 2018 Choi+Shine Architects

If you would like to participate

in our future crochet projects,

please send us an email to:

 skim [at] choishine.com

The design and images of ARIZONA!  are copyright 2017-2018, Choi+Shine Architects and may not be used without written permission.   Arizona!™  is a trademark of Choi+Shine Architects.

The images and design  copyright 2017-2018  Choi+Shine Architects, LLC.  All rights reserved. 

 “ARIZONA!” is trademark of Choi+Shine Architects.

Contact:  Choi+Shine Architects for written permission for image use.