Drum 'n' Basin, A Foundation, Liverpool, England
Drum is a monument to underground mega-projects of conveyance, specifically the large concrete pipe sections used in ambitious water diversion projects in the American west. They were discovered by skaters in the early '70s on the outskirts of American desert towns and were integral to the advancement of skateboarding. Still sought out and ridden all over the west, enormous concrete pipes and tunnels are ready-made armatures for vertical skateboarding. By doing consecutive runs up one side then the other ("forevers"), a skater challenges verticality by going as high as possible beyond the 3 and 9 o'clock register. SIMPARCH’s free basin was included in this exhibit, titled Drum 'n' Basin.
SIMPARCH's full pipe was bolted together as a kit. All the parts that were cut by a computer-controlled mill, flat packed, and shipped in a container to Liverpool. It was designed to roll on its armature during erection -- thereby eliminating the need for working at dangerous heights.
SIMPARCH’s free basin was included in drum 'n' basin project.
Designed in collaboration with University of Chicago physicist, Peter Eng