The design solution provides for easy installation and disassembly, a lightweight and openwork construction and temporary interference that will appear – leave a virtual footprint – disappear without leaving a lasting physical footprint, such as its concept. It is envisaged that the placement and removal will occur in the spring-autumn months, which are suitable for the full use of the open spaces in the city of Plovdiv.
We are trying to create not a huge (but still longer standing) installation; to create not a small boutique disconnected object, but a middle-scale installation that is organically linked and ‘grows’ from the ground of the site. We believe that once the installation is on the site, when all the existing trees are already green, it will be an interesting and memorable accent in the city’s newest fabric that contrasts but in no way tries to “overshadow” or mimic the rest historical layers.
The installation itself is not aimed at direct physical contact with the audience, even though we can use it as a place for temporary exhibitions or exhibiting larger archeological or ethnographic exhibits in it – a kind of cabinet of curiosities.
The interaction with the audience is accomplished by passing under the installation itself – a metaphorical gate which is located east-west (and from west to east), as is the city of Plovdiv itself – a bridge between cultures and civilizations, one a truly important position and role in the history. The installation resembles a wall that is, however, open and, instead of separating, it connects, omitting future visitors and city residents through it.
Site/Floor plan of the intervention.