“Creating a negative ziggurat on the plane of a positive ziggurat.”
The site chosen initially is a trench that stretches across Edinburgh. Exact sites were determined by throwing handfuls of dried beans and the first five that landed in this trench were selected. After numerous visits one site, situated by the Haymarket Train Station, was deemed to be the most appropriate as it was waste ground. ‘Graffiti’ and ‘Explosion’ tests commenced to gauge general public reaction. ‘Explosion’ tests consisted of letting off small explosions at the site and checking reactions of people working in adjacent buildings. Results proved that a large percentage of people working that day were drawn to view the explosions.
For this project I have decided to build a dramatic dual level installation incorporating a deep explosion site. The first level contains an amphitheatre with raked grass seating. Glass is fitted into the lowest level of this amphitheatre drilled with a regular pattern of square holes to aid drainage. Through the glass can be viewed the next level, which has the appearance of a deep angled spike, sheering down into an artificially man made cave. This ‘spike’ is lighted to give the spectacle of rainwater dripping down into the large underground reservoir gradually forming over time in the cave. The area around the amphitheatre is on two levels. One level fits flush, the other is reached by steps. This design is also good for sound acoustics, sheltering the installation from noise of the nearby train line.