Keep Your Cool by ft3 – Cool Gardens Design Competition – Storefront Manitoba + The Forks – Winnipeg, Canada
Frame fabrication and installation by Wood Anchor. Rope installation by ft3 Architecture – Keep Your Cool is a sensory experience of colour, light and shadows that frames the boundless sky above. Layers of interwoven cord emulate cloud formations and provide a canopy of ethereal shade above the grass. The installation encourages cloud gazing; taking time to pause, reflect and create infinite possibilities, ideas and narratives. In the digital communication age, the thought bubble or ‘typing awareness indicator’ keeps us in perpetual anticipation. Keep Your Cool blends this familiar symbol with cloud imagery, juxtaposing nature and technology. Through scale, orientation and views, the installation re-imagines these recognizable icons, and redefines our association with them – from potential unease to limitless creative potential. The pattern of the cords is motivated by the methods and process of string art. In contrast to this analog art, we suggest keeping your cool through digital hashtags and selfies!
For a time lapse video of construction, please visit https://www.ft3.ca/news/news.php