path&shelter
henning grahn
path&shelter
the sukkah as an ancient archetype in jewish tradition offers a wide range of themes. it is closely connected and has its origins in the historical wandering through the desert during the exodus. the idea is to bring together the structural and the mental contents of this topic for this temporary installation: booth and exodus. reality and imagination. past and present. the sukkah itself remains a spatially elementary orthogonal and cubic space with three walls and the traditional roof. by moving it closer to the stars it becomes a quiet place upon the crowds of union square. the path up to the sukkah recalls the topic of the exodus and stands for the wandering through the dessert with ups and downs, different viewpoints and experiences. the weird path towards the firmament leads to this quiet room on top. without the path you could not reach the shelter. both elements of the installation fit a bigger cube with the maximum ground area which is still considered as temporary building. the sukkah and the path are visually hold together by wrapping all walls and parapets with the same material of jute. the whole fragile object is topped by the roof of the sukkah. looking at the installation from the square, you follow imaginary the path up to the roof and towards the sky beyond. with it’s height the project marks the week-long festival of sukkot in a visionary village in union square park in new york city.

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