PROGRAM: Rock Art Center Addition
SITE: Hedgpeth Hills Petroglyph Site
CONTEXT: Deer Valley, AZ, USA
What do we do with this sacred place of memories?
Sustained ambiguity as a weapon against the pursuit of facts.
Two responses: A. REFLECTION (museum) or B. CONTINUATION (practice + addition).
REFLECTION: The current program and its stagnancy has left the site forgotten. A typical static museum on a living site.
CONTINUATION: The site and addition must constantly change through the participation of people.
CITY: Figures scratched into the surface—illustrated zeitgeist. The Rock Art site is an uncertain quarantined zone within the city.
INITIAL REACTION: Emphasize the layered nature of the site by adding program directly onto the existing design. A conceptual superimposition of programmatic space on existing functions.
INSTEAD: Grow the addition directly from the symbols and demands of the site. Make it a community of experiences instead of a consolidation of spaces.
Draw form out of a reading of the existing site elements. Offer alternatives instead of answers. Emphasize inherent ambiguities. Uncertainty is essential.
EXTERIOR PATH: A path without rules that responds to the building envelope.
GALLERY PATH: The primary interior path facing out into the site.
EVENT PATH: Both indoor and outdoor linking site and built space.
Continuation frozen—silently real—static but confrontational.
A center that collects and grows from the stories of others.
INSTANT MARK: Make your mark on any surface of the outer path
TEMPORARY MARK: Rotating art galleries and installations
PERMANENT MARK: Screen panels designed and crafted individually and added over time.
The existence of art without authors is a spectacle at odds with the contemporary world. Wandering without facts.
A reminder of the immortality of time: what we will never know and what we leave behind for others to reflect on.