The Accelerated Ruin
A Public Art Project at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)
On Display: Summer 2012-2013
In the Fall of 2011 BAM held a competition for public art projects to commemorate the institutionŐs 150th anniversary.
Our proposal for a sculpture that undergoes an uncontrolled decomposition, an accelerated ruination, was selected from
the more than one-hundred proposals submitted at the end of the year.
In partnership with Ecovative, an innovative material development company in Green Island, NY that grows threadlike
mycelium cells (mushroom roots) and hemp into a completely biodegradable foam-like substance,
we modified a manufacturing process for small consumer products to create a system for making building-scale
components. And while the exterior of the sculpture is composed of this organic, decomposing cladding,
the internal substructure is comprised of soaring aluminum rods on a gray stepped classical plinth, which will all slowly reveal
itself over the course of a year.
The Accelerated Ruin is located at 651 Fulton street, Brooklyn, NY and will be unveiled June 19th, 2012.
The ruin will be visible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will be atmospherically lit at night.