01 Alois Kronschlaeger Spire, 2011

Spire, 2011
SiTE:LAB, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
His most ambitious project to date, Kronschlaeger’s site-specific work entitled, Spire, encompassed three floors of an abandoned commercial building in downtown Grand Rapids. This installation was curated by SiTE:LAB, a local nonprofit that coordinates temporary art projects, and sponsored by the University of Michigan School of Art & Design. Like most of Kronschlaeger’s work, Spire demonstrated a preoccupation with environment and light, exploring the ways in which new materials can revive and transform a space.

Spire became a true community project employing four local residents over a six-week construction period. It reached 72 feet high, 32 feet wide and 32 feet deep with materials consisting of 1,000 12-foot wooden 2″ x 2″s, 10 rolls of 100 foot-long mesh, and 100 gallons of paint.

Alois Kronschlaeger with scale model of SpireSupporters
The following people generously donated to Spire:

  • Andreas Aigner
  • Jame Anderson
  • Maribel Araujo
  • Javier Bone-Carbone
  • Maurice Brown
  • Jayni Chase
  • Critter & Guitari
  • Dr. Diedrich Holtkamp
  • Florencia Minniti
  • Lucía Minniti
  • Joseph Neulight
  • Andreas Reich
  • Aimee Sinclair
  • Cynthia Smith
  • Kathryn and Robert Stewart
  • Penelope Tierney
  • Ken Weaver
  • Cedric L. Williams

To read about the process of creating Spire, please view the “Spire, 2011” category or click here. To view photos from this project, please click here.

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