Helix’s participation in Missouri Bank’s annual Rock Paper Scissor’s tournament came with a special twist this year. Sam Loring won our internal RPS tournament and was quickly dubbed “Samscissorhands.” For his First Friday’s performance, he came in costume and made us proud with pursed lips, reclusive demeanor, and scissors-exclusive throws. Although his clever tactics did not produce winning results, they did give all audiences an opportunity to share in laughter.
Charlotte Street Foundation will be presenting Composite Structures starting this Friday. The show is made of two parts: Mending Fences and Low Accumulations. Composite Structures also features Open Plan, a library and workspace available to the public to examine the relationships between art and architecture in the environment.
Exhibition / January 18-March 2, 2013
Opening reception / January 18 from 6-9pm
Curator’s tour / January 19 at 2pm
“To Scale: Investigating Model Making” / February 23 at 2pm
“Making with Architecture” panel discussion / February 26 from 6-8pm
A full list of participating artists can be found on the Composite Structures web page here. And check out a quick interview with one of the contributing artists:
Helix is teaming up with Messerschmitt, Inc. for this year’s Color + Couture, a fashion show put on by the International Interior Design Association and creatively-awesome local design firms paired with equally great product manufacturers. Last year we designed this fabulous carpet Can-can dress:
This year’s theme is “Avant-garde” and here is a sneak peak of what we will be strutting down the runway tomorrow night at the Starlight Theatre:
Working with felted textiles, Helix’s librarian is featured in the Epsten Gallery’s “Women to Watch” art exhibit. Congratulations Marcie!
“Women to Watch 2012: Focus on Fiber and Textiles” continues at the Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom, 5500 W. 123rd St., Overland Park, through Sunday. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 913-266-8413 or go to KCJMCA.org.
Jan. 12, 2011: Team Helix competed against other Kansas City design and engineering firms to help the fight against hunger and CANstruct (construction where the primary building supply is canned food) a self-supporting structure. At the end of the competition, all cans used in designs were donated and distributed to families in need, with the assistance of the Harvesters Community Food Network.
So, Helix did a submarine out of (navy beans + pork and beans) cans.
Read on. It makes sense.
“Based on the classic science fiction novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne, 20,000 Cans Under the Sea is a representation of the Nautilus, the submarine featured in the novel and its later film adaptations. Much like a can under the sea, a submarine is a completely sealed environment carrying food and supplies to last months at a time. Interestingly, dried beans were once widely included among staple supplies of the U.S. Navy – hence the term “navy beans” and hence, also, our choice of can.”
We may not have sunk the competition, but we’re pleased with our sub. The structure rises nearly seven feet in the air, took 5 hours to CANstruct (plus a handful of hours to plan), and it includes roughly 3,000 cans and water bottles. Follow the links below to see additional pictures of team Helix in action, some news reports, and a stop-motion video of the CANstruction process. For more information about CANstruction, visit the Harvesters website.
A new art collection is traveling among Kansas City’s businesses, and Helix has several of the specially selected pieces. The Kansas City Collection was formed to raise awareness of regional artists. Every six months the works will rotate among 10 corporate partners including; Barkley, Bishop-McCann, Kauffman Foundation. To learn more about this collection or to inquire about purchasing one of these works of art, visit www.thekccollection.com.
Helix has begun schematic design on The Museum at Prairiefire which will serve as a cultural landmark in Southern Johnson County. What is unique about this museum? It will house the first and only remote branch of New York’s famous American Natural History Museum (featured in the film A Night at the Museum). The American Natural History Museum will be displaying 20 popular and highly acclaimed traveling exhibits in our area over a ten year period. Look forward to visiting our city’s newest cultural landmark while visiting the other attractions in development for Prairiefire at Lionsgate on 119th between Nall and Lamar. www.celebrateprairiefire.com
The much anticipated Lied Performing Arts Center addition at the University of Kansas has broken ground! Reeves Wiedeman, Bryan Gross and Jacob Palan can be credited with the design which will increase lobby and office spaces as well as create an educational pavilion. The education pavilion will provide a wonderful space for small performances, lectures, pre-show demonstrations, and patron receptions and parties. “Working on buildings that showcase and enhance the arts is a great privilege for any architect and this project was no exception,” Gross said. Funding for the addition came from the Lied Foundation and the William T. Kemper Foundation. Construction is expected to be complete in the spring of 2011.
Missouri Bank, BKS Real Estate, and Helix Architecture + Design have earned a gold level “Art Achievement” award by Art through Architecture (AtA) for commissioning “DREAM,” a new, site-specific art installation by Archie Scott Gobber. The project was commissioned as part of the architectural renovation of the historic former Star Motors building in Kansas City’s Brookside neighborhood. (more…)