Unearth

Curators: Julia Van Den Hout, Kevin Erickson, Kyle May
Sponsors: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, RISD, CUDC, OMI International Arts Center, Columbia GSAPP
Size: 36”x4”x12”
Status: Built, 2016-17

Unearth is part of 5x5 : Participatory Provocations, an exhibit of 25 architectural models by 25 young American architects. We were invited to address one of five contemporary issues through the construction of an architectural model, in this case, Trump Wall.

Dec 2, 2015 at a campaign rally in Manassas, VA:
Boy: “So you’re going to build the wall? What’s it going to be made out of?”
Trump: “I tell you what it’s going to be made of, it’s going to be made of hardened concrete, and it’s going to be made out of rebar and steel. And you know, it’s so easy. That’s what I do.”

The blanket statements made by Trump disregard virtually all aspects of this complex issue other than materiality. The imprint left here is an artifact of the varying landforms such a panoptic wall would encase; 1,954 miles of vast deserts, mountains, cities, canyons and lakes are compressed into a single monolith.