BLACK BOX

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What we've created is an object with a large sense of scale, approaching an aesthetic sublime, that when consumed, reveals a disconnection.

We are trying to speak to both our observations and critique of the documentary Manufactured Landscapes by Edward Burtynsky. Burtynsky uses a beautifully engineered technique of sublime imagery intended for visual consumption. The viewers perception may change, but ultimately remains disconnected from reality.

Our object is a 2.5' x 2.5', 1400 lb. concrete box disconnected down its midsection. The repeating form on the interior speaks to the never-ending cycle of consumption, which leads to a dramatic amount of mass consumption.

Project partner: Jake Spangler    

Photographed at Manatts Ready-Mix Plant, Ames, Iowa