this weekend was mary hale's 30th birthday. can you even begin to ever imagine what it must be like to turn 30? or to be 5 1/2 months away from turning 30? i cannot possibly. not even.
mary, as you know, is amazing. she is super funny, creative, and an unbelievable thinker. she recently finished her masters in architecture at MIT, and right now, she is working on an installation for the des cours festival in new orleans.
here is a condensed version of her proposal for the festival:
Four years ago, Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans in a deadly pass. Four years later, her destruction endures, but not for a lack of effort on the part of local and national groups, led by citizens and celebrities alike... Many of their projects break ground in flood-zones without adequately safeguarding against future disasters. Meanwhile, contemporary architects and urbanists obsess over climate change and its rising tides that are projected to flood our coastal cities. Their design proposals range from the practical to the absurd, but few of their ideas take shape beyond the drawing board and beyond the pages of glossy magazines. New Orleans is a hotbed of both confusion and possibility.
In response, Itinerant Home provides a focal point to discuss these possibilities. The project takes the form of a wearable, inflatable house that shelters multiple wearers as they work together to navigate through the historic neighborhoods and water bodies of New Orleans. Itinerant Home goes beyond the gallery to be seen – and worn – by the public of New Orleans in the context of their historic building stock. In this context, the project will symbolize and stimulate new ways of thinking about the architecture of home and the future of the city. It is a playful venue for conversation and exchange, literally tailored to fit people of all ages.
that's right, mary is building an inflatable home for multiple people to wear. as they move, they re-situate the structure. she is doing this all by herself!!!!
this astounds me. it's really an amazing undertaking and the concept is so strange and funny but, at the same time, a feeling of magic and poignancy really resonate-- especially when you see the piece itself.
here are some of the pictures of her process from her blog, itinerant home....
ahhhhh! do you see what i mean? i love her images.
this is going to be such a fantastic accomplishment and contribution to the festival and also... something to which we 20-somethings can really aspire...
happy new year to mary!
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