Wednesday, 4 March 2009

A Man Made Puddle

Spanish Architects Alicia Velazquez and Analia Garcia created this 8 metre long puddle from "flabby " reflective silicone rubber. They named it Ablando which means softening. The Albe'niz Theatre borrowed it for the Malaga film festival; it was displayed on the pavement on the outside the main entrance. Velazquez said "we wanted to decelerate people, we created a moment of confusion, so people started looking around, noticing buildings and becoming aware of where they are".

This for me is an ideal example of design in the landscape which altered the way in which people interacted with a space. A simple intervention which would have made many passersby aware and take consideration of a space in totally different way than they had previously.

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