COLLEGE

Do Ho Suh's Art Installation In University Of California At San Diego's Stuart Collection Sits House Atop Jacobs Hall

07/02/2012 11:53 am ET | Updated Jul 02, 2012

Somehow, a house built to hang off the edge of a seven-story building is up to earthquake code in California.

A bright blue east coast cottage looks as though it’s flown cross-country and smashed into the edge of the University of California at San Diego's engineering building, tottering 100 feet above students passing by.

Never fear, a tornado hasn't carried it over from the Midwest. Rather, highly-regarded artist Do Ho Suh's latest work “Fallen Star” is being publicly exhibited at the school this June.

Fallen Star is Suh’s installation of a tiny, well decorated, though slightly lopsided (its floor tilts five degrees off-kilter, according to the UK’s MailOnline) home, based on an actual Rhode Island household.

The work is the 18th permanent sculpture in the outdoor and site-specific installation pieces created for the University’s Stuart Collection, according to the collection's website.

Suh has often experimented with creating installations that create a feeling of cultural displacement, emotions Suh has told the site he identifies with as a result of his move to the U.S. in 1991 to continue his studies.

The website states that the installation depicts “Suh’s on-going exploration of themes around the idea of home, cultural displacement, the perception of our surroundings, and how one constructs a memory of a space.”

According to MailOnline visitors have been impressed by home’s details:

It has since been furnished and accessorized. Its garden is growing: There's a plum tree, a wisteria vine, tomatoes and more. Lights flicker on at night; a TV, too. And steam, simulating smoke, sometimes rises from the chimney.
Visitors have been amazed by the tiny details of the house's decor - including family photos and a remote control - and left in awe by the amazing views - although several have reported suffering from vertigo.

According to the Stuart Collection’s site, the project was funded entirely by private donations and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ program for Access to Artistic Excellence.

Below is a slideshow of “Fallen Star” and its installation last fall:

Do Ho Suh's 'Fallen Star' Is Lifted By Crane To Sit Atop UCSD's Jacobs' Hall
Suggest a correction
Comments

CONVERSATIONS