Active Rest. It's a bus stop, a meeting place, a place of introverted meditation or extroverted performance, an urban fort, a test of grappling finger strength. This sculpted piece of strata serves as a prop against which a multitude of urban experience can unfold. At the same time it is a prototype that can be quickly adapted, fabricated and deployed to breathe new life into any one of the less active intersections along Market Street.
Active Rest thrives through its ability to support any number of urban activities, maximized through its combination of interior space and exterior surface. On the outside, one of the more dramatic activities it can host is campusing, which is a training tool used by rock climbers to improve strength and accuracy, usually scaled up or down using hands only. We know San Franciscans love rock climbing and tend to be an active group of people. Wouldn't it be much more entertaining playing on the bus stop instead of playing on your phone at the bus stop?
On the inside, the rippling plywood and plexi-glass strata creates an inwardly-focused space that lends itself to discovery, introspection and perhaps a quick respite from the pressures of urban life.
Dualities collide as a small shell of quixotic space reflects outward to become a cross-generational node for urban play.
Woodshed Collaborative will use its relationship with the Academy of Art University community to engage students to volunteer with the actual build-out of the installation. Because this pre-fabricated sculptural piece can be easily organized into component parts and systems, assembly will go quickly, enjoyably and educationally. Reaching out to local architectural reuse stores in the region will be key for sourcing inexpensive reclaimed plywood. Safety gloves and glasses to be used during assembly will be lent by Depave
of Portland, Oregon.
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