Within the urban grid of downtown Anchorage, I wish to install a house-sized sculpture in the form of a crouching man. The work will be made from 57 welded stainless steel boxes 1cm thick, welded together.
The sculpture will face south along Avenue C, with its back to Avenue 6. If one approaches the museum from the west side, one will see it in profile, but for those travelling north-south on Avenue C, the work will read as an abstract collection of boxes.
HABITAT applies the urban grid to the body, and relates this constructed self to the wider context of Anchorage. It will sit on the street line frontage as part of the urban context, acting as an interface between the museum and the city. It is an introduction to the collections of ethnography and art in the museum, and references the creation and development of the human habitat. More generally, it is a meditation on the condition of urban man in relation to nature.
The work is designed to respond to the changing light and temperature conditions of Alaska, as well as offering shelter from the wind, snow and rain.