Sunday, February 21, 2010

curiosity killed the bobcat

so, this is my latest studio project. we had to build a cabinet of curiosity that considered their traditional uses and applied our interpretation to what would be equivalent modern objects of curiosity. my cabinet features objects similar to those commonly seen in curisoity cabinets form the 16th century (objects found in nature) and juxtaposes them with what i consider a modern marvel, western medicine. each element in the cabinet - the bobcat skull, rhea egg, goat horn, crystal, and shell - are traditional components of eastern medicine. the cabinet opens to reveal that all of these objects have been cut in half and are behind glass, containing their western medicine counterpart on one side of their interior cavity.

this project will ultimately inform designing architecture around objects and/or a collection, as is often done in the design of museums.

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