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This interactive, site-specific project is a comment on how we - constantly attached to mobile devices - neglect to observe the environment around us. Like ostriches, we willingly trap our heads, minds, and imagination in a fantasy world that is detached from reality.

Three colorful fabric tunnels span a man-made grove of Elm trees in downtown Boston, defining an intimate courtyard where nature clashes with cartoonish representation.

The tunnels act like blinders to the trees in the park. They are thus painted on the outside with comic, larger-than-life scale Elm leaves - the leaves of the trees one cannot see.

So as to activate the experience, make it both more fun and more artificial, the tunnels are asymmetrical: of varying heights, colors and starting points.

As with all public projects, it was very interesting to observe children invent unintended uses and play with the footings which were extremely simple due to cost and the temporary nature of the project (digging was not allowed).

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PRESS
Photo in Boston Globe

MORE IMAGES
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DIMENSIONS
(6) 30’ long walls occupying a 50’ diameter (almost 2,000 sf) round space.

MATERIALS
Fabric, EMT conduit, CMU, spray paint, cedar

LOCATION
Downtown Boston, MA
Rose Kennedy Greenway at Rowes Wharf

COMMISSIONING AGENCY
FIGMENT Boston

WORK/CREDITS
Design & Fabrication:
Ioana Urma

Wood shop assistant:
Zach Hoevet

Site-Install:
Ioana Urma (mostly), Bogdan Urma, Vlad Urma, Vasile Zaharia, Raluca Sisu, Victor Oancea, Elena Oancea, George Popovici, Marius Vilcu, FIGMENT Boston Volunteers


Photography:
Ioana Urma, except right photo #7 by Samantha Laine for the Boston Globe

DATE
2013