Year: 2011

Location: Louisville, KY

For: Land of Tomorrow (2012), MOMA permanent collection (2014)

Team: Jimenez Lai, Thomas Kelley, Cyrus Penarroyo, Andrew Akins, Mike Mead, John Stoughton, Anton Bakerjian

Fabrication: PR&vD, Andrew Akins

Photography: Magnus Lindqvist, Kyle D. Eberle and Kamil Krol

The White Elephant is roughly 10'x10'x10'. It has three basic premises:

1. A building inside a building, somewhere between a super-furniture and a small house.

2. An object that tumbles to attain multiple orientations to blur the qualification of plans and sections.

3. An object that is hard on the outside, and soft on the inside.

Its exterior is clad with translucent polycarbonate, and the interior is stuffed cowhide. It tumbles and changes orientation and can flip to eight different stances.

What is a building that can tumble freely without gravity or fixed orientations, hard on the outside but soft on the inside, and obstructs the continuity of interior spaces like an elephant in a room? This installation is a freestanding micro building/macro furniture that questions projection, inside/outside, rigidity/fluidity and size/scale.