The Bridge Across the Great Room The Stack by the Door Loft in the Art Room The Elevated Desk Photos
Staircases to Nowhere 1:1
The Bridge Across the Great Room, The Stack by the Door, Loft in the Art Room and The Elevated Desk are all art. The purpose of art is nothing other than showing a point of view. If art is purposeful, it becomes craft; however, these Staircases to Nowhere do not serve a purpose.
The Bridge Across the Great Room lets you off merely on the other side of the Great Room hallway. The viewer journeys across the great room six and a half feet above the floor viewing the school, people, and art from a new perspective. The purpose is seeing our everyday world from a different angle.
The Stack by the Door is a spiral staircase enclosed in a latticed box that incorporates repetition and design in a simple structure. Most of the wood is for design not function, and when the viewers ascend to the top, they are greeted with sensory bewilderment. It is quiet 15 feet in the air, it is warmer 15 feet in the air, and you see the 20 foot ceiling up close for the first time. It provides a new perspective on a familiar place.
Loft in the Art Room is a simple structure in a madhouse of a room. The crazy energy and frantic constructions are now visible from above. The view of the painting, sewing, cutting, nailing, and drawing are now seen from a new angle. Is it necessary? No. That is why it is art.
Finally, The Elevated Desk is truly pointless. The viewer ascends a 6 foot high staircase to a computer desk in the air. Individuals can do homework, edit a movie, email a friend, but no one will know they did it 6 feet higher than normal, except the viewer. Will this new perspective add to the viewer's creativity when doing their computer work? Will this elevated position elevate the quality of their work?
I hope the viewer will enjoy these Staircases to Nowhere my students constructed. The math, engineering, physics, design (CAD), attention to detail and beauty, teamwork, conservation of materials, proper use of time, safety procedures, confidence built, and the unknown learning that went into this project should sufficiently explain why it is learning and why it belongs in a school. The new perspectives and views experienced while interacting with these pieces should justify why they are art.
Jeff Robin Art Teacher