THE DESIGN CHALLENGE
We were asked to pull together an installation that dovetailed with the conference theme “Celebration and Risk.” We contacted photographer Doug Fike about contributing to the installation, and his photographs and concepts ended up playing an important role in the installation. Once the conceptual challenge was addressed, we faced the problem of how to install art in a building where we were not allowed to make holes in the wall.
The Conceptual Solution: We built four sections which corresponded to four phases in the risk-taking process. Each stage included a photograph, paintings or drawings and an interactive art piece that conference-goers could use to trigger and focus their reflection on risk-taking.
Implementation: With the help of a local construction company owner we built stands for the art that lined two walls. After painting the stands gray they effectively faded into the background, especially as people came close to the work, opening the origami triangles and placing their written reflections inside.
By nature, wiring and history I’m not an arts kind of guy, and I can’t even fully explain how I connect with it, but something shifted for me. When you connect with beauty you are really connecting with God.