Tim Abel - June 2011

Urban Terrane

A terrane is a distinct sliver of rock that is embedded in the surrounding geological landscape. It is totally foreign, isolated, and a remnant but at the same time it completes the puzzle of strata. Borrowing from geology, I want to consider the window gallery as a terrane, something that is contained within the building: filling the window gallery space and being completely enmeshed in the streetscape at the same time. 

Through physically layering the sewn paper arrangements during the installation process, the individual elements, sewn lines, loose threads, and various types of map imagery are transformed into a strata-like whole.

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