Training Wheels

The 2014-2015 LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow at Ohio State was recently announced to be David Eskenazi for his installation named Training Wheels. Known for his unconventional approach towards design with simplistic yet real solution, David has outdone himself with the latest creation.

Courtesy of David Eskenazi- Photographs:Norman Ai

Courtesy of David Eskenazi- Photographs:Norman Ai

The thought process behind the design is to bring out the potential an architectural installation might contain. Even though it may never match the size or importance of a real building, it still has a desire to be as important as a building. Therefore, the installation plays with the scale thus making it bigger than usual installations without limiting itself in the composition aspect.

Courtesy of David Eskenazi- Photographs:Norman Ai

Courtesy of David Eskenazi- Photographs:Norman Ai

Although slightly smaller than the room it is contained in, the composition can be changed in multiple ways limited only by ones’ creativity. In order to keep it still and stop the rocking back-and-forth movement of the circular geometry, kinks have been added along with unsymmetrical and skewed  center of gravity to act as constraint.

Courtesy of David Eskenazi- Photographs:Norman Ai

Courtesy of David Eskenazi- Photographs:Norman Ai

According to the architect,

Training Wheels is a contextual installation scaled to fit all the normal aspects of architectural practice like a site, a budget, a schedule, available labor, material constraints, and, of course, a job title.”

Courtesy of David Eskenazi

Courtesy of David Eskenazi

Cardboard has been used as a base material. Mostly used in architecture models, it blurs the lines of real and virtual world by appearing on a large scale geometry thus forcing us to properly take a look. Due to the unconventional approach, the installation is currently exhibited at the Banvard Gallery. Hopefully we will get to see more work that brings installations the much needed prominence and challenges existing architectural paradigms.

By: Vaibhav Sharma

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