The Digital Monolith

Type:         Cultural - Public Space
Location:   Washington D.C.
Size:          5,000,000 SF
Status:       Concept Design
Team:        Sean Rucewicz, Matthew Schneider, Ryan Barney

A public monument for the National Gallery of Art funded by the NSA.

A new sculpture for the National Mall assimilates into its pseudo-stereotomic context: a solid edifice maintains a civic demeanor but its fragmentation reveals the artifice of its construction.  While the structure above is bound by rigid site conditions, constantly expanding data stored in servers below forms an imperceptible subterranean monolith whose physical nature is only experienced through the long descent into a chamber for public art.

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