Steve is a fictional man living in the North of England. He is a family man, he works hard all week, he may have his own business, if he doesn’t he is almost certainly a partner or director within his company. Cars are very important to him. Steve spends a lot of time driving,he’s a 2L Diesel man, hitting 30000 miles a year and he knows a lot about roads.In the future Steve will think about other ways to power his transportation and his home, In the future Steve will become interested in soft ways to harness energy. ‘Steve’ is today’s monument for this man of the future.
‘Sitting in the art consuming life…’ Franz West
An off grid structure, to be built for Folkestone Triennial 2014, to sit on the harbour wall surrounded by verdant coastal planting, a monument to the future, to a time when sustainable technologies are entirely everyday. Steve is new school/old school – a pivotal meeting of past and future materials and values. An urban folly, free from commercial or denominational imperatives. A reframing device for the unarticulated spaces between work, shop and home. A giant transportable jewel. A secret garden. A knowledge exchange machine; an optimistic Tardis; a conversation piece, a transient artwork that leaves a memory. An aesthetic object, created from a series of asymmetric planes locking together like the facets of quartz crystal. Material Specifications: A primary structure in corten steel, with photovoltaic cells, with fennel, mint, kale sea buckthorn, samphire, sea beet, & sea cabbage grow at the base of the structure. Steve’s satellites contain the planting and work as outdoor furniture.