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THE URCHINS

2017  Marina Bay, Singapore

 

Design:

Jin Choi and Thomas Shine

 

Steel Fabrication :

Modern Metal Solutions 

 

Assembly Crew in Boston:

Thomas Shine

Susie Kim

Myungsu Ko

Yeseul Choi

Isabelle Lippincott

Hyokyung Lee

                

Installation Crew in Singapore:

Thomas Shine

Jin Choi

Young-eun Choi

Jaekyu Lee

Soyoung Ko

XiaoMin

Hyosoo Lee

 

Structural Consultant:  

Árni Björn Jónasson, ARA Engineering

 

Installation Support:

iLight Marina Bay

 

Crocheters:

 

Jin Choi

Sophie Cho

Hyokyung Lee

Patti  Murphy

JungHee Suh

Kyula Whang

Miriam Robinson

Insuk Durham

Mirto Golino

Janet Griffin

Nancy Belmudes-Gambill

Dianna Smith

Sandra Feldten

Natalie Weichel

Deidra DePagter Ball

Sue Babbs

Vicki Griffin

Patty Foley

Rose Nissen

Peihan Orestes

Jena Duncan

Elida Fejzaj

Eunhye Kim

Mijeong Takahashi

Concetta Phillipps

 

Marry Blumestien

Cheryl Blair

Kelly Ran

Corina Palmer

Melinda Burnett

Nora Hill

Sara Gregory

Priscilla Alarcon

Paige Henderson

Renata Carvalho

Effy Basset

Nicole Ranta

Sammi Elliot

Helena Kang

Cindy Ralston

Jen Serwitz

Lillian Hughes

Heather Cap

Faith Taylor

Laura Finder

Lindsey Walsworth

Pam Bee-Lindgren

Priscilla Smith

Amiee Dill

Ashlee Deetz Schleicher 

Coty Colson

At night, the mysteriously hovering and glowing large Urchins create a sense of magic as if time has stopped.  When viewers enter into the Urchins, they will be surrounded by a single layer of glowing, lacy surface, where they can enjoy the detail and texture of the Urchins and see the city, water and the sky through this visual filter.  When other viewers see the occupants in the Urchins, the occupants will glow within the lacy room, creating an illusion of ethereal levitation of the occupants, while the occupants become a part of the art work.

Seeing hovering and glowing lacy objects against majestic skyscrapers and dark water would make them pause and gaze.  This momentary pause of the mundane routine of our life would then give us an opportunity to find the poetry around us.

 

The Urchins are also intended to be experienced from within, prompting the interaction between the light, people and the city.

The Urchins interact with natural light during the day, and glow when illuminated at night.  During the day, the crocheted surface of the Urchins reflects, absorb and retransmit sunlight.  In the morning or late afternoon sun, the Urchins will appear as glowing, translucent object.  During  the full day sun, the lightweight and yet huge lace urchins will cast intricate, patterned shadows creating both a pleasant visual experience and providing a small shelter from the hot sun.

The Urchins create an interesting theatrical relationship of the seers and the seen. Viewers inside the Urchins are staged as part of the artwork and viewers outside will become spectators of the occupants of the artwork.  This relationship can be reversed when the occupants see the city and the people outside the Urchins framed within the glowing lace as artwork captured in each openings of the lace.

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