Archasm Int’l Competition: Liberty Museum, New York: Freedom To The People,Top 50 | 2016
Justice is a process of struggling rather than a destination. The fact that there has never been a single version of justice agreed by every visitor shows exactly how crucial a narrative is. The museum embraces different opinions by presenting the same theme with varied perspectives on each floor. In any given conflict scenario, the first judgement seems easy, but as more details unveil from different sides, it gets less black or white. The museum physicalizes the reaction space into terraces, interrupting half level between and forming a continuous void. Those intermediate voids harbor lectures, discussions and even protest campaign preps, which suggest learning, understanding and reacting, in the same way people are approaching events, facts and, ultimately, truth. Participants with later knowledge would be able to look back into the earlier exhibition through the voids, looking at the younger visitors’ judgement as if looking at their younger selves. The difference of opinions is hence resulted from a time-lag.
It is intent to establishes both intrinsical and physical discourse with the old landmark. Intrinsically, the museum has to take in the existing landscape of the surroundings on this small island, where the engagement among the visitors may well expand to that surrounding with all people on the island and whatever events that the island may hold. Physically, the higher one goes, the finer concrete one will see and touch. With each turn, the rotation converts itself into the pedestal of the statue, marking the museum as a 21st century symbol of liberty truth without the presence of any figure.
Partner: Yi Ding, Lang Li