Over View: A site-specific ceiling installation

Over View: A site-specific ceiling installation

Over View by FreelandBuck is a site-specific ceiling installation at Museum Lab, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s expansion into the former Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny.
29 Nov 2019 Materialization

Over View by FreelandBuck is a site-specific ceiling installation at Museum Lab, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s expansion into the former Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny.

Credit: Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

The installation is a three-dimensional drawing of the Carnegie Library space in its original state. Measuring 24 feet by 38 feet, Over View is made of printed and cut textile suspended over an aluminium frame. Its depicts the leaded glass ceiling that once enclosed the room before it was removed during a previous building renovation in the 1970’s.

Credit: Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

The intricacy of the original ceiling allowed us to create a dense cloud of lines overhead while clearly evoking the ornamental style of the original building,’ said Brennan Buck, partner at FreelandBuck.

Drawing inspiration from Renaissance-era trompe l’oeil ceilings, Over View uses the illusionary depth of perspective to create spaces beyond the existing architecture. When an observer stands in the centre of the room, the intricately patterned original ceiling can be seen projecting upward and away. From other perspectives, the installation becomes an abstract pattern of lines projecting down toward the floor.

Credit: Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Museum Lab is designed for older children, and the project presents them with a visual puzzle to solve, one that they can control and manipulate as their viewpoint changes when they move through the room,‘ says David Freeland, also a partner.

The installation was commissioned as part of the restoration of the historic building, providing a new museum for older kids and offering cutting-edge experiences in art tech and learning, as well as activities and spaces for a new charter school.

Credit: Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

 

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