Beijing Tripod by OBRA Architects
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Beijing Tripod

24 May to 22 June 2008

Tripods face each other across the floor suggesting
an invisible geometry of space.
They split the room into sectors of
behind-between-beyond (before-during-after).
The tripods are simple markers, their aura can charge the room with
the magnetic tension of the object present:

Seen metaphorically, they can be the scale models for
a city of the future, a city of towers five hundred meters tall,
one half of the space given to urban parks,
a human density twice that of Hong Kong
with the air full of blue triangular light.

Seen objectively, they are six-meter-tall,
one-and-a-half-millimeter-thick, steel lattice tripods,
their surface formed by strips of three centimeters
placed every twelve centimeters.
The tripods have a footprint of thirty-four centimeters
by thirty-four centimeters, two arms or legs
rising at thirty degrees from the vertical, one to
four meters seventy centimeters and the other to
three meters twenty centimeters.

Exhibited at the Median Gallery, Haidian District in Beijing, People's Republic of China, a collaboration with Werner Sobek Engineers and David Karlin