Sweet Sparkman Architects and Ringling College of Art and Design presented their joint conceptual architectural exhibit - ‘ORIGINS’ - at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia at the Palazzo Bembo in Venice, Italy. Previewing for the media on August 27 and 28 and open to the public from August 29 to November 25, the ‘ORIGINS’ exhibit was created by Sarasota architects Jerry Sparkman, and Todd Sweet and a multidisciplinary team from Ringling College of Art and Design: Jason Beale, Mari Garman, Devon Keene, Diana Lueken, Agneta Ramoskaite, and Dehne Sibbernsen.
“Origins” reflects the overall Biennale theme of “common ground.” It explores how design can be significantly influenced by place and natural materials— in this case, the pure quartz sands of Siesta Key. The exhibit features a sand waterfall, which flows from the ceiling via a hand-cast glass vitrine, along with a 10' x 10' hand-cast glass block wall.
Inspired by Sarasota’s natural environment, including pure crystal sands of Siesta Key Beach and the radiant light, the team harvested over 2,000 pounds of sand, cast 772 glass blocks, fired nine glass vitrines, engineered a custom high-volume particulate vacuum system, built the exhibit structure, shipped and installed the exhibition for the Venice Biennale over the course of two months.