“SPHING” is a sculpture designed for an invited competition: a concrete flower around which visitors and a series of functional elements organize. It is positioned upon a water surface in the center of a prison courtyard. Its three parts are each made of two halves, laminated together. All elements are made using the same mold.
In addition to the sculpture design, the competition brief leaves it to the participants to propose a design for the courtyard. In this proposal, the surface is inclined by 6 percent in order to connect the existent building and ground-floor in a way that allows for wheelchairs to easily move around. The so created ramp hosts a series of ”floating” elements: a bench, the sculpture, a “garden” and a small roof. An incision into the ramp is necessary to allow for a fire engine to access the building.
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