Good design and the community: Sean Lally participates in Exhibit Columbus

Sean Lally, Associate Professor in the School of Architecture, and Matthew Wizinsky (MFA, graphic design), Assistant Professor of Design at the University of Cincinnati, have collaborated on a project for the Exhibit Columbus 2019 exhibition, Good Design and the Community. Titled The Long Now, the work is installed in the First Christian Church (designed by Eliel Saarinen and built in 1942), in Columbus, Indiana. With a concrete and steel perimeter, resin lenses, full spectrum lighting, subsurface heating cables, grass, and augmented reality overlays, Lally and Wizinsky reimagine 120 years of local climate data in digital form under an existing tree canopy. Shifting light particles above represent potential changes in solar radiation and the Earth’s atmosphere, while speculative plant life materializes in the grass. The Long Now is an exploration of a world always being designed and negotiated, where concepts of environment and body are moments within a larger arc of time. School of Architecture students Rachel Birdsell, Jacqueline Buckley, and Isabelle Reford contributed to the installation’s realization.

Both Lally and Wizinsky received Exhibit Columbus University Design Research Fellowships last year. Exhibit Columbus is an annual exploration of architecture, art, design, and community, presented in downtown Columbus, Indiana; this year’s exhibition runs through December 1. Visit exhibitcolumbus.org for more information about the works on view.