I’ve been revising the shrine proposals, especially the 4th and 5th one. I think the idea of the 4th shrine to show Macy’s ‘skeletons in the closet’ is suitable to explore the hanging spatial typology. I’ve looked back at the parade preparation process as well and this state of purgatory for the 4th shrine is in line with the idea of revealing what’s kept under wraps in storage. The panels would have three ways of unfolding; opening like a clam (a 90/180 deg foldout), moving vertically and horizontally to get panels that are parallel to each other.
I also realised that I lost the quirkiness of having the characters of the parade and am trying to reintroduce back parts of them in the shrines (I want to go a bit crazy with this; it would bring a lot of richness to the architecture). For this 4th one, I think what is significant could be the display of old balloons that are no longer in the parade (hence why the balloons are from the 1950s) . The scale of this shrine has been enlarged to sort of mimic the skyscrapers on 6th Avenue but in balloon form. I think this could be potentially quite interesting to play with, having the pilgrims come in contact with the beasts they adore from the parade.
The 5th shrine is still in progress but the main idea is to have the pilgrims experiencing the ‘eternal’ flight like Snoopy has as the immortal balloon. This would be very big in size and could possibly occupy the whole courtyard front of Herald Square. I am thinking maybe pilgrims could occupy a floating component and have a coffee amidst the skyscrapers on 6th Avenue; could function as a sky bar/cafe. Pilgrims would end the journey here by receiving the ‘elixir of life’ from the bar.
I will be working on improving all the 5 shrines for Tuesday and also the portfolio storyboard. For now this is the breakdown I have for the portfolio:
THE ETERNAL PARADE
Opening Prologue + Poster Image (something that sums up the premise project, yet to be done)
(I) Macy’s Paradise of Consumption – The Purveyor of Immortality
- Video/ News clips
- Beauty Ads
- Greater Macy’s Poster
(II) The Eternal Recurrence – The Ghost in the Machine
- Parade Timeline (Historical)
- Parade Elements + Cyclical Timeline
- Augmented Liturgical Calendar
(III) The Staged Pilgrimage – The Five Pillars of the Eternal Parade
- The Development of a Cult Audience (Armies of Pleasure)
- Holy Thanksgiving Day (Site Analysis for the project)
- Pillar 1: The Can
- Pillar 2: The Helium Shop
- Pillar 3: The Bingo Hall
- Pillar 4: The Skeleton Closet
- Pillar 5: The Sky Bar
Epilogue (Project Conclusion that highlights Manhattan as the Vitrine, addressing Museum of the Present)