September 26, 2012

Tinaja Tadaha

Katelyn De Luca and Emily Vosburgh
Muley Point, Utah
September 14th, 2012

     We knew we wanted to work with Juniper branches because of their natural form and the whimsical ways in which they grow.  We also wanted to talk about shelter, time, and place.  After deliberating, we decided to incorporate the Tinaja and the view of the canyon because they are both majestic parts of Muley Point.  We had been running around singing about Tinaja Tadahas for days...

     The overall structure resembles shelter.  However, since the juniper takes such a whimsical shape, it doesn't exactly lend itself to creating the most secure shelter.  Also, we built the structure on flat rock with nothing to anchor it to, which addresses the concept of structural stability in an environment that is not easily inhabitable.  It is constructed to discuss these concepts of shelter, but also to reflect both the fragility and strength of the environment around us.  Using the juniper branches is an example of fragility because they are very dry and easily broken, but the structure itself and the rock it sits upon are solid and stable.

     To address the concept of time, we oriented the structure's open ends towards sunrise and sunset.  In this way, it acts as a portal to view the change in time throughout the day.  The reflection in the tinaja throughout the day and night creates an illusion of continuous light and repetition of space.

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