Elegy, 2011

As Rainer Maria Rilke described in his Duino Elegies all the beautiful transitory moments, of which the powerless ephemeralness becomes the most powerful grasp, this thesis brings up the atĀ­titude of taking advantage of the beauty of transitory moments instead of putting new attraction to a dying area.

The project is designed to be a highway rest stop, with a set of paths assorts movements of vehicles and pedestrians on a dying lot stretches along I-70. A system with components and layers integrated into the paths, which captures and holds the light and reflection from moving objects, is developed to create spaces with multiple moments from the past occurring together with the current ones. It records and delays the transitory moments from disappearing so as to extend the time that one could experience and appreciate. The scale and intensity of those components are adjusted to each movement and attached program, and transform into horizontal landscape with parking area and lights imbedded in. PanĀ­els with different level of transparency and reflectivity form the components in spaces between movements of cars and people at various speeds, allowing light being hold and bonded into space.

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