vacu-formed molded polystyrene, wood, steel, pond pump, blue water
To experience the Spa-altar, visitors step up into a narrow vestibule that is approximately 12 feet high, 12 feet deep, and 3 feet wide. Polystyrene sheets are vacuformed over a pharmaceutical landscape, this abstracted pill topography creates a grotto-like sensation. At the far end of the altar, a disinfectant blue-hued liquid trickles from the top of the wall and pools in a horizontal channel on the floor, like a baptismal. Part spa, part sanctuary, the installation elicits the sterility of a shower, a sanitarium, or a padded cell.
From the Ground, Up: Design Here and Now, 516 ARTS, Albuquerque, NM