Last month, Active Rest emerged at San Francisco's unique and thought-provoking Market Street Prototyping Festival by giving any passerby the chance to stare, crawl, climb or just chill with our little geoformic oddity.
Our piece joined over 30 other selected installations designed to help activate the city by getting citizens and visitors to interact and through this reinvigorate a mighty but somewhat banal streetscape.
Active Rest seeks to play a number of different roles: sculpture, climbing wall, performance backdrop, beacon, along with a veiled inner space for rest, reflection, or temporary privacy. As the duality in the name implies, we sought to create a piece that can programmatically capture both ends of the spectrum of human activity; which we feel means more use and therefore more engagement amongst what we hope is a wide cross section of the city's populace.
In the spirit of the festival, Active Rest was presented as a prototype generated out of plywood that had been cut using CNC milling technology.
Here is a quick recap of its journey through fabrication, assembly, and of course, ACTION!
After successfully crowd sourcing over $5,000 on Indiegogo, the WoodShed got to work procuring 120 sheets of plywood and using two CNC mills to fabricate these sheets into the 1,500 unique pieces that make up Active Rest.
After two weeks of cutting, sorting and pre-assembling, we took to Market Street and assembled the whole piece overnight on April 8. A BIG thanks goes out to the more than 20 Academy of Art University students from the architecture school that not only helped with the fabrication but also the assembly on that exciting night.
Over the next three days, thousands of passers by checked out, touched, and (especially) climbed on Active Rest. The response was phenomenal and through this festival and its subsequent diassembly for future reuse we've learned a lot to carry forward as we continue to hone this prototype.
Of course, we have a lot of people to thank, which you can find on our project page here
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