It’s a Monday and also, believe it or not, the first day of August. (Where has summer gone?) To start the week, here’s just a handful of notable news items on our radar:
Inaugural Design Miami/Paris gets the ax at Place de la Concorde
The first Paris edition of Design Miami/ was canceled after Laurent Nuñez, the newly appointed Paris police chief, ruled the planned Place de la Concorde venue was a no-go over possible “security issues”. Considered the largest public square in Paris, the obelisk-enshrined Place de la Concorde covers 19 hectares in the 8th arrondissement.
Announced in January, the fair was due to take place in October to coincide with Paris+, the first edition of Art Basel in the French capital. (This event will be held at the Grand Palais Éphémère, a temporary exhibition hall at the Champ de Mars.) The 46 exhibitors invited to the inaugural edition of Design Miami/Paris have been fully reimbursed. The organizers of the fair announced the cancellation in a statement, citing “unexpected challenges in approving public events in Paris”. Organizers plan to return to the City of Lights in 2023.
“Design Miami has been working to find an alternative venue suitable for the size of the show, but the timeline has proven too short to proceed this fall,” the statement shared by read The art newspaper, continued. The next Design Miami/ event is the 18th edition of their flagship South Florida show, beginning November 30th at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
H/t to The art newspaper
Monument with a standing animal will be relocated as part of the sale of the Thompson Center
As the state of Illinois prepares to vacate the James R. Thompson Center to make way for Google, the Chicago Sun Times reports that the state is taking away an iconic public artwork just outside the postmodern office building: that of French painter and sculptor Jean Dubuffet Monument with a standing animal.
Dubuffet’s 10-ton fiberglass sculpture debuted on the Loop just before the Thompson Center (née State of Illinois Center) opened in 1985. (Dubuffet died that same year.) Monument with a standing animal Long considered an extension of the Helmut Jahn-designed Thompson Center, each work – building and sculpture – is breakneck in its own way. However, the state-owned sculpture will not deviate from the Loop and will find a new home at SOM-designed 115 S. LaSalle Street, where the State of Illinois is building new offices following the sale of the Thompson Center. As reported by the solar timesthe Illinois Department of Central Management Services has not announced a move date.
Reactions to the planned move of the hideous 29ft-tall public art work – nicknamed “Snoopy in a Blender” by locals – have been mixed, with some criticizing the move.
“The Dubuffet deserved better than being in the shadows,” said Rolf Achilles, art historian and professor at Chicago’s School of the Art Institute solar times. “It won’t have the effect it has now; in other words, Dubuffet will go into exile.”
H/t to Chicago Sun Times
A multi-specialty veteran care facility opens in Phoenix
The Phoenix 32nd Street VA Clinic, a 275,000-square-foot facility on 15 acres considered one of the largest veteran care centers in the country, completed construction in late June. Equipped to serve half a million patients annually, the five-story clinic was designed by Kansas City-based architectural firm Hoefer Welker, specialists in VA facilities, with Jacobsen Construction acting as general contractor.
Operated by the Phoenix VA Health Care System, the main elements of the facility include 180 examination rooms over three floors, an education center, pathology and imaging services, a mental health outpatient clinic (one of the largest in the region), and a spacious ground floor kitchen and canteen for patients and Staff. Bathed in natural light, the complex also offers ample outdoor green spaces and mountain views, while high performance glazing and perforated solar panels help keep things cool and efficient inside. How detailed by construction diveCompletion of the state-of-the-art facility in Phoenix’s Gateway neighborhood is part of a larger push to close aging VA hospitals in regions like the Northeast and Midwest to better accommodate the influx of veterans moving to the Southwest and Sunbelt to be able to in multispecialty, community-based settings.
H/t to construction dive
Art Omi announces two upcoming installations
Non-profit arts center Art Omi has announced two major new works set to debut later this month at the 120-acre sculpture and architecture park in New York’s Hudson Valley. The first is ensemblea collaboration between architect Hana Kassem, a director at KPF, and sound artist Spencer Topel that takes shape as a “space-defining instrument” and explores the “spatial and acoustic resonance of our surroundings”.
The installation consists of a series of 17 “reeds” of varying heights made from hollow steel tubes, Art Omi explained in a press release. “As visitors engage with and move within the reed field, their gentle movement activates sound elements that vibrate through the chambers of the pipes. They vary in tonal quality and volume based on reed height and positioning to create a collective soundscape and ever-changing environment.”
The second new work to be realized at Art Omi in August is drawing fields No. 6, the latest – and most extensive – work in the ongoing Outpost Office drawing fields Series of large-scale ephemeral installations created by GPS-guided painting robots. “The Notation Assemblies of drawing fields challenge the principles of architecture of permanence and material accumulation,” the announcement explained. “The project avoids the waste often associated with temporary architecture. Each installation is water soluble, non-toxic and vanishes with rain, sun and growth. Within a few weeks, the site will return to its original state.”
The public is invited to watch Drawing fields No. 6 comes to life on August 13th. You can find more information about visiting the Art Omi Campus here.
The colossal spa complex on the outskirts of Atlanta is one step closer to reality
Passport Springs & Spa, an EPCOT-ian aquatic wonderland billed as the largest facility of its kind in North America, is a major step closer to completion 40 miles northeast of Atlanta. On July 21, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a zoning permit for the tourism-boosting project; Before construction can begin, a building permit must be obtained. Passport Springs will span nearly 11 acres, including 150,000 square feet of outdoor space and 40,000 square feet of indoor space, with its myriad water attractions populating four themed pavilions — Rome, Japan, Costa Rica, and Israel — that “recreate the architecture, landscaping, sights, sounds, and cuisines of its international spring destination, as well as the mineral profile of its hot springs,” according to Passport Springs’ website.
Passport Experiences, the company behind the development, hired Irvine, California-based spa resort specialists Voelker Gray Design to serve as project architect and designer, while Atlanta-based Kimley-Horn served as civil engineer.
H/t to Urbanize Atlanta