Aiming to examine the interactions that occur between man and architecture, artist Daniel Arsham has created a giant, 300-foot excavated tunnel. Located in the SCAD Museum of Art, the considerable carving serves as the centrepiece for Arsham’s The Future Was Then exhibition. The event aims to draw attention to the capacity humans have had for both creation and destruction over the course of history, by examining our ability to make use of man-made and natural materials.
Arsham’s large-scale installation allows visitors to engage directly with repetitive carvings of faux concrete walls that form a path through the museum. This immersive excavation follows a series of jagged, haphazard openings that eventually morph from abstract forms into a human silhouette. By creating a physical relationship between the artwork and the audience, the interactive piece strengthens the connection between the idea that the progress mankind has made rests firmly upon our ability to manipulate surroundings to suit our needs.
As the pivotal piece within the exhibition, Arsham’s extensive wall excavation compliments the entire event, pushing the understanding of how the growth of civilization has occurred by creating a personalized piece that places visitors at the centre of it all. The exhibition is currently on display at the SCAD Museum of Art through July 24, 2016.
Images via Daniel Arsham.