We have completed the construction of Range #5 for Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson. Range #5 starts on the Great Plaza, extends over the gravel and spills out to the bottom of the stairs, meeting the street curb of the city of Tucson. The staircase will be closed and people have to go back inside to the museum to exit the exhibition. I think that the Great Plaza will be another sweet spot!
Range #5 of Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson is progressing! The vertical beams have reached across the Great Plaza to the gravel. At the gravel, we are digging trenches to install and secure horizontal beams where the piece will continue and then disappear under the ground. The shadows the sunset casts are absolutely beautiful over the plaza.
I am very excited to start construction of Range #5 – the sole range situated outside on the Great Plaza of MOCA Tucson. Range #5 will be five levels tall and exemplifies the basin and range topography that I hope to emulate through the geometric abstraction of this installation. Blue tape and the red climbing rope outline the boundaries of the range that spills down the stairs to the sidewalk of the city of Tucson. Henry’s pickup truck is parked on the street in front of the plaza with the garage doors open where Range #5 will spill out of the museum!
I am absolutely thrilled that we have finished the construction of Range #4 of Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson. The completion of Range #4 with pancake #59 marks the last of the installation within the Great Hall. Next we move to Range #5 located on the Great Plaza. Henry and I exchanged a high five to celebrate the accomplishment.
We have completed the massive Range #3 (photos to come later) and have now moved on to Range #4 for Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson.
Because the template was situated where the Range #4 is intended to be installed, we had to move the template outside to the Great Plaza. We assemble the pancakes outside and walk them into the Great Hall. Range #4 is connected to Range #3 through the upper horizontal beams, creating an underpass that the visitor will be able to walk through. I believe this is going to be a very special spot for the viewer.
The installation of Range #3 for Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson continues. Henry and I discuss our strategy for construction using the scale model as a reference. Two thirds of Range #3 are complete and the new pancakes are being laid out for the last third. Also, you may notice that there are cross braces within the grid – these are temporary and will be removed later.
We have started on Range #3 – the biggest range of the five – for Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson. To create this range, we have mapped out a footprint in the Great Hall and divided the range into three different sections, constructing it in three parts. It will take us seven full days to build Range #3.
The scale model shows the void where Range #3 will go. Henry is laying out the east/west axis (our 0 degrees or Meridian) that divides the range into north and south. In the background, you can see the existing Ranges #1 and #2. We have numbered each grid and will begin installing them in a specific order. Each grid is uniquely cut to fit the variations in the ceiling height.
Amidst the installation on Tuesday, in addition to the arrival of my wife, Florencia Minniti, I received another special arrival for my birthday – cupcakes from my gallery, Tierney Gardarin.
As you can see, the grid is rapidly expanding within the Great Hall at MOCA Tucson and I have a new team to help me with this phase of the project. I am feeling very good at the moment about this monumental installation, knowing that I have a great team in Tucson and the full support of my gallery in New York. The cupcake surprise certainly made my day. I have to thank Cristin Tierney and Denis Gardarin for supporting this exhibition and Maria Kucinski for being the magic force to make it all happen. I really appreciate all that everyone has done so far in the process of the project and especially for such a sweet surprise!
Here I am with Henry and my new team is Maximino Zapata, Glenn Benson and Jose Gamez. Cheers!
The construction of Range 1 of Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson has now been completed and we have begun the construction of Range 2. The vertical beams of Range 2 will extend from floor to ceiling, reaching 19 feet 3 inches and it will overhang the walkway between the two ranges. Once construction of all the ranges is completed, I will then go through and shape them accordingly.
Two weeks into the installation of Untitled (Basin and Range) and I can now take a step back and admire how far the installation process has come. From the top of Range #1, the beautiful cityscape of downtown Tucson can be seen through the gates. The northern gates of the museum have now been opened, as the crew and I prepare to expand Range #1 into the Great Plaza of MOCA Tucson.