Architecture makes a lot of left-overs; some of the leftovers can be reused easily, but others are more of a challenge. One pretty delightful reuse is currently sitting in the desert, a modified formwork used by Ball-Nogues Studio to realize Talus Dome, an artwork that now stands thousands of miles away. Talus Dome is a large and hillish-looking outdoor sculpture made of polished spheres. The dome lives in Canada. To form polished spheres into a controlled aggregated mass, the studio constructed an impressive and huge formwork. Easily, this formwork could have been broken down into scrap or simply chunked after Talus Dome migrated from SoCal to Edmonton. Instead, the formwork headed east to serve as a man-made crater, Yucca Crater, a kind of oasis outside of Joshua Tree. Both the shiny, new dome and the earthy crater will stand as long as they can last, reflecting their different surroundings on two very different, but related, surfaces.
Editors Note: You can read more about this over on Los Angeles, I’m Yours.