Gloom and Doom 2006
with Steve Rowell
suspended ceiling tile system, sound equipment
Contemporary Art Center, Kaplan Hall Lobby Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
In the CAC, acoustic ceiling tiles, a mundane symbol of advanced building systems, were deployed in the shape of a B-2 stealth bomber, a symbol of advanced military weaponry and national pride. The imposing, suspended form, constructed of a ubiquitous office material calls into question the relationship between military-industrial and consumer product technologies. Gloom and Doom presents an architectural overlay that conceals the building’s structure while revealing the invisible barriers that alter perception of the built environment. The original aesthetic intent of the lobby space is violated even as it is improved acoustically.