Harvest Dome 3.0 celebrates the riparian heritage of Grand Rapids with a floating dome of local materials harvested from Grand River industry. A 20-foot-diameter orb, constructed from brightly colored surplus seat-belts and studded with rearview mirrors, set atop a ring of 128 repurposed two-liter soda bottles, the buoyant dome is an ingathering of the city’s legacy of manufacturing. While the river's energy propelled Grand Rapids to become a center for logging, furniture fabrication, and automotive industries, the possibility of the river also engendered changes to landscape ecology, leading to flooding and contamination. The transcendent abstract form of Harvest Dome 3.0 emerges from a flotsam of accumulated materials, its bright blue seatbelt lines and sky-and-water-reflecting rearview mirrors shimmering like a bubble coming up from the surging rapids, transfiguring the river's power and possibility.
- Art form: Installation
- Depth: 20ft
- Medium: plywood, plastic bottles, metal tubes, seat belts
- Width: 20ft
- Year created: 2018
- Height: 18ft
About SLO Architecture
Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi are architects and principals of SLO Architecture, based in New York City. SLO Architecture realizes designs for wide-ranging private clients, public agencies, cultural institutions, and grassroots initiatives. The breadth of our work links realms of urban and architectural design with artistic production and social action, bringing together multiple partners, including local practitioners, youth, fabricators, and public officials. SLO’s public projects envision the reforging of links among natural ecologies embedded within the city including waterways disfigured by outsized infrastructures of industry, settlement, and transportation and seek opportunities to amplify social, artistic, and entrepreneurial ambitions of urban neighborhoods in the context of the resurgence of nature.