The frame and the white box are standard backdrops for the display of art in the traditional and modern gallery setting, respectively. The act of displaying art outdoors suggests that it, and the viewer, should interact with the site and environment, thus the question of displaying art in an outdoor setting poses challenges that neither of these paradigms can address adequately. What is needed most is a flexible, intimate space to counter the often out-of-scale urban setting of Calgary’s downtown as well as a space which will provide unique opportunities for interaction amongst the purposeful viewer, the casual observer, the artist, the art, and the city.
The three slatted cubes, each composed of either 2x4s, 2x6s, or 2x8s of locally available, appearance-grade spruce, contains both the conception of the frame and the neutral background while at the same time providing an immediate connection to the site, environment, and references to local history—each cube borrows its materialism from the agricultural landscape and the rural vernacular and its vocabulary from the railroad which gave the city its status as a regional center. There are many possibilities for configuring the cubes, and they can host many forms of art, from visual art to performances to music.