Please click on the images above for the detailed explanation of how Timber Valley unfolds during the 3 days of the Festival.
Timber Valley is an installation of interlocking, stacked wooden blocks and platforms that inspires people to linger, interact and perform.
The interactive nature of the project is a necessary part of its unfolding throughout the Festival. The public is only able to interact with, rearrange and rotate the blocks when they are unlocked at specific intervals during the duration of the event.
At the end of the Festival, the people's interactions with each other and with the structure itself transform the installation into a new work of art. It becomes a performative space that reflects the theater culture, a space where the community are the actors creating an evolving sculpture through time and space with their participation.
Each of the 5 platforms of the project will incorporate a lighting display that represents one of the 5 districts along Market Street. The intensity of light of the platforms will reflect trending data from twitter/instagram. This way the public will have a visual representation of the amount of activity going on in other districts and may be drawn to further explore the rest of Market Street.
Who we are
Coyjotte Collective is a group of young designers looking to breach the link between architecture, the built environment, and exciting social interaction.
We try, and often fail. But we usually fail better the next time.
The fundamental goal this project hopes to accomplish is to encourage people to linger, explore the new community driven businesses (The Hall-beverages and meals ), and enjoy leisurely time in this neighborhood in a space that feels inviting, clean and safe. A partnership with the local businesses at the Hall will play a large role in attracting people to the site of the project.
The project consists of a series of 6 poles in a space measuring 12' by 12' by 12'. Each pole is supporting blocks of lumber along its full height that can be rotated to create a flexible space defined by the participants. A series of 5 platforms connect the poles at different heights to create a path that goes up and down and can be accessed by rotating the lumber to create steps. The blocks of lumber vary in length so that the community can create and discover a wide variety of combinations that can create different types of seating and surfaces.
The ability to transform the project will increase each day that the project is being displayed for the festival. On the first day, all but the blocks on the first 2 poles will be fixed and unable to rotate. This limits the amount of variations that can be achieved and encourages people to return one of the following days to see what can be achieved when more blocks are unlocked. On the second day, the blocks of the first 4 poles will be unlocked, and on the final day all of the blocks on all 6 poles will be unlocked and able to rotate.
We are also interested in creating a link between our project's location and the other districts along Market Street. In order to impact the navigation experience on Market Street and encourage the public to visit the other districts, our platforms will incorporate a lighting display that will respond to trending hashtag topics on twitter and instagram.
Each platform represents one of the five festival districts. When hashtags such as #financialdistrict or #embarcadero are posted, the intensity of the light for the respective platform will reflect this data. This way the public will have a visual representation of the amount of activity going on in other districts and may be drawn to further explore Market Street. The colorful light display will beautify the district and improve safety at night.
We intend to engage the Luggage Store Gallery, and the local non-profit organization called Hospitality House in order to make sure the project meets the specific needs of this district. Our project incorporates graphics that will reveal places along Market Street that locals find special. Since the project is art and design related it is important to engage these local artists who reside in the neighborhood, these graphics will be developed with the feedback and collaboration of participants of the Hospitality House. We will also reach out to the Center for Art and Public Life at CCA for mentorship on engaging the public and partnering with the community.
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