This for That was part of a series of collaborative installations by students to honor the 3D Arts building at Colorado College. Due to several large donations, the school is constructing a new hockey arena so its Division 1 program can play home games on campus instead of at an offsite venue. The project involved demolishing an entire block of buildings including the 3D Arts facilities which hosts classes, the wood shop, metal forge, studios, offices, and creative workspaces.
I have conflicting feelings about the new hockey arena. I played sports my entire life and understand the communal value they can have. However, as an art student, my peers and I feel displaced and overlooked in this grand scheme. And with no concrete plan or timeline to replace the 3D Arts building, it seems that our academic pursuits are of less value to the school than the money-making powers of our hockey team.
With this project my group wanted to show what was being traded, covered up, and hidden with just a few lines. We also needed to commemorate a space that encouraged child-like exploration, physical interaction, and academic inquiry. Our installation was unveiled at a final party hosted in the 3D Arts building just before we went on winter break. When we returned for the next semester, it was all gone.