The Shortcut w/ RSTYWTR Collective
The Shortcut is a sculptural installation located in a junkyard in Stuttgart, Germany. This project was the result of a collaboration with ten other artists and architects as part of a 72 hour competition pitting teams against each other to design and build a neighborhood enhancement. The team consisted of members from the United States, Poland, Germany, Indonesia and Israel, many of whom did not know each other prior to the assignment.
The design uses open rectangular boxes of various sizes that can be readily transported and joined together with screws to form an improvisational display wall. Some of the boxes are loaded with construction debris from the junkyard, to anchor the vertical cantilevered forms. The installation is sited to mark the end (or beginning) of a secret route connecting the junkyard to the nearby neighborhood - the "shortcut." The project acts as an exchange, where residents can leave objects or items no longer needed, perhaps to take or borrow something that was left by another neighbor in turn.