Located at the Haigo and Irene Shen gallery in the University of Hawaii Manoa’s School of Architecture, the Sticky installation bends reality, offering a surreal spatial experience.
Inspired by Hawaii’s tropical climate, the sticky structures reflect a sense of organic strength and living energy. Its form is reminiscent of the roots of a banyan tree and its gesture is similar to that of a chameleon’s tongue. The sticky structures shoot out, capture, break, drag and move surrounding walls. They animate the space through manipulation, emphasizing the changes which occur within the design process. The artist’s aim is to provoke thought regarding the possibilities of architecture, organic and sustainable processes, encouraging people to break boundaries and create new ideas. The exhibition will run through Halloween so that the space can be reused by Hawaii visitors.
This project was completed using recycled bamboo poles and cardboard. The designers consist of assistant professor Hongtao Zhou and his graduate students in a sculpture class. The Class has formed an architecture residency to promote the art of Architectural installation in Honolulu. The participants are: Jandi Quitoriano, Tao Yang, Scott Macri, Jan Erika Sicam, BriAnn Laban, Dorothy Baga, Ann Motonaga, Tessa Pobanz, Howard Shek, Naibin Jiang, Nainoa Cravalho, Graham Hart, Ren Shiroma, Raymond Sze-to, Xu Yang, Mengxi He, Tyler Francisco and Zhou Hongtao.