Over View by FreelandBuck

An installation of both historical art and experimental nature

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由FreelandBuck设计打造的Over View作为一个永久性的固定吊顶装置,被安装在博物馆实验室的天花板上。该博物馆是匹兹堡儿童博物馆的扩建部分,其前身是位于匹兹堡北部拥有悠久历史的阿勒格尼免费图书馆。除吊顶装置的安装外,本次建筑修复工程还为年龄稍大的孩子们打造了一个在艺术教学方面拥有前沿经验、可以提供多种课外活动和空间的全新博物馆。

Over View by FreelandBuck is a permanent site-specific ceiling installation at Museum Lab, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s expansion into the former Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side. The installation was commissioned as part of the restoration of the historic building, which provides a new museum for older kids offering cutting-edge experiences in art teach and learning, as well as activities and spaces for a new charter school.

▼装置概览,overview ©Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

▼装置密集的线条和图案,呼应了建筑本来的装修风格,the dense lines and patterns of the installation echo the original decoration style of the building ©Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Over view在它所占的空间内以一个三维结构的形式呈现,该设计保留了前卡内基图书馆中心大厅的原始状态。这个34×38英尺的装置由悬浮在铝框架上的印花和切割纺织品制成。一个笼罩着整个房间的铅玻璃天花板在上世纪70年代的翻修工程中被拆除,而新的吊顶装置则重现了这种感觉。FreelandBuck的合伙人Brennan Buck说:“原始天花板的复杂结构使我们能够在头顶创造出密集的线条和图案,同时呼应建筑本来的装修风格。”


Over View is a three-dimensional drawing of the space it occupies, the central lobby of the former Carnegie Library space, in its original state. The 34-foot x 38-foot installation, made of printed and cut textile suspended over an aluminum frame, depicts a leaded glass ceiling that once enclosed the room before it was removed during a previous building renovation in the 1970s. “The intricacy of the original ceiling allowed us to create a dense cloud of lines overhead while clearly evoking the ornamental style of the original building,” said Brennan Buck, partner at FreelandBuck.

▼装置以一个三维结构的形式呈现,Over View is a three-dimensional drawing of the space ©Eric Staudenmaier

就像文艺复兴时期的错视天花板一样,over view利用透视效果产生的视觉深度创造了建筑现有区域之外的空间。当你站在房间的中央,可以看到图案复杂的原始天花板在你的头顶向上凸出。而当你从其他角度看时,该装置又变成了向下延伸到地板的抽象图案。FreelandBuck的合伙人David Freeland表示:“博物馆实验室是为年龄较大的儿童设计的,该项目为他们提供了一个需要探索和发现的视觉之谜。当他们开始在房间中走动时,视角就会随着位置的移动而发生变化。”

Like Renaissance-era trompe l’oeil ceilings, Over View uses the illusionary depth of perspective to create spaces beyond the existing architecture. Standing at the center of the room, the intricately patterned original ceiling can be seen projecting upward away from you. From other points of view, the installation becomes an abstract pattern of lines projecting down toward the floor. “Museum Lab is designed for older children, and the project presents them with a visual puzzle to solve, one that they can control and manipulate as their viewpoint changes when they move through the room” says David Freeland, partner at FreelandBuck.

▼装置细部,details ©Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

▼装置图案会随着人们视角的变化而变化,the pattern of the device changes with the person’s perspective ©Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh


Over View is on view at Museum Lab, adjacent to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh located at 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Hours are 10:00 am–5:00 pm daily. Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is a place that delights and inspires children, where they can take off on fantastic flights of imagination daily, and return to earth to splash in a river, hammer a nail and ink a silkscreen. Named “One of the Nation’s Ten Best Museums for Families” in USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice Contest in 2017, the Museum welcomes over 306,000 visitors annually and provides tons of fun and loads of “real stuff” experiences for play and learning. Hands-on, interactive exhibit areas and experiences that inspire joy, creativity and curiosity include The Studio, MAKESHOP, Waterplay, Nursery, Theater and Backyard.

▼从“动手操作”区域看向大厅,view to the lobby from the “hands on” area ©Eric Staudenmaier

▼从大厅看向“动手操作”区域,view to the “hands on” area from the lobby ©Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh


Photography:Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Eric Staudenmaier

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