Installation Design

Go Big or Go Home! Intellectually engaging; these site-specific, large-scale creations are never really a one-man show, better yet require a cohesive team effort to conjure and execute. Permanence is the underlying constructional root, Timelessness, the visual fruit. The installations once erected not only activate the space to client(s) needs/specifications, but also inherently desire to charm the viewer from afar while simultaneously inspiring them up-close.

  • For North Carolina State University Department of Mathematics
  • Type Mobile, Installation, Interior Design, Fibers, Structures, Spray painting
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Entire view from the ground floor.

"Essentia" 2009. Approx. 4 stories tall. This Mobile Installation was created using kite parts for a light weight skeleton and rip stop nylon for the skin. The nylon was painted using various gravity fed spray guns connected to air hoses.

Detail of panel 1.

The paint used was Golden paint thinned specifically for spray application, afterwards it was coated using dust/fire retardant UV shielding varnish(multiple applications). My specific contribution to this installation was the design of the patterns on the each panel (ellipse and arches) and then forming a color pallet to compliment the patterns.

Image A) Me looking down from the 5th floor. Image B) A view looking up from the ground level entrance.

The basic idea behind the pattern, color, and form is the rhythmic dance of the Fibonacci sequence. The name Essnetia is the Latin derivative of the word essence.

In March 2011. Competing as a Senior in a NC State College of Design collaboration with Empire Properties of Raleigh NC. Our four man team consisting of Ximena Rodriguez, Vallyn Murphy, Michelle Villaescusa and myself, Samuel L Davis III; Proposed this 16 panel image (60 ft by 386 ft) to be erected on a five-story parking garage. The Process included the capturing of photographs using one of a kind, handmade 360 degree Pin-Hole Cameras. The images were then taken into and edited using Adobe Photoshop cs5. Furthermore, The digital images were printed, mounted and presented in our final presentation to the client and other members of the Raleigh Arts Commission, City Planners and other interested investors.

This proposal was just one half of the full group proposal however it does clearly show our overall theme, which was to create a visual transition over the length of the canvas (the two walls of the garage). Depicting old "City Market" the arts hub of downtown Raleigh morphing into an abstracted representation of the Raleigh skyline. The beauty behind the project was the collaborative effort by all designers to work within a small group under a thin deadline and produce a two final prints that fit extremely well with the clients mission as a company while creating some "BIG" and dynamically expressive visual imagery.