Spire, 2011 Site:Lab, Grand Rapids, MI
His most ambitious project to date, Kronschlaeger’s site-specific work entitled, Spire, encompassed three floors of an abandoned commercial building in downtown Grand Rapids. This installation was curated by SiTE:LAB, a local nonprofit that coordinates temporary art projects, and sponsored by the University of Michigan School of Art & Design. Like most of Kronschlaeger’s work, Spire demonstrated a preoccupation with environment and light, exploring the ways in which new materials can revive and transform a space.
Spire became a true community project employing four local residents over a six-week construction period. It reached 72 feet high, 32 feet wide and 32 feet deep with materials consisting of 1,000 12-foot wooden 2″ x 2″s, 10 rolls of 100 foot-long mesh, and 100 gallons of paint.
To read about the process of creating Spire, please view my blog.