Root Cycle Cristopher Cichocki Building Beyond Together

Project: Root Cycle by Cristopher Cichocki

By Nikola Tosic

Building Beyond Together collaborated with Californian Land Artist Cristopher Cichocki on a multidisciplinary installation titled: Root Cycle.

Root Cycle is an architectural intervention that explores the relationship between nature and industrial production.

About Root Cycle

Root Cycle was exhibited on September 10, 2016 in Bassano del Grappa, Italy within the historic Villa Angarano.

The installation consisted of following key elements:
1) A structure made of Geoplast New Elevator products.
2) Hundreds of Aloe Vera planted into the structure transitioning in perceptions of Light and Space.
3) The Villa Angarano – designed by legendary architect Andrea Palladio was the site for Root Cycle.

Root Cycle combined modern construction methods, historic and cultural architectural tendencies, and the natural elements that react to them.

Building Beyond Together’s goal of collaboratingwith a Land Artist artist like Cristopher Cichocki is to inspire architects and engineers to prioritize sustainability. While sustainability and climate change are frequently used terms in design, they still have a long way to go until they are fully dominant.

Artist statement

Root Cycle is an architectural intervention that explores the relationship between nature and industrial production. Aloe Vera and New Elevator were the core materials used in the installation. The primary function of both materials is preserve an essential element of life, water. Root Cycle was realized on site of Andrea Palladio’s historic Villa Angarano, a landmark building that has persevered for centuries due to its reverent integration within the surrounding environment. The synthesis between Aloe Vera, New Elevator and the Villa Angarano fuse a passage through time, bridging a discussion about sustainability that considers our ancient past and imminent future.

About Cristopher Cichocki

Cristopher Cichocki is a Land Artist who lives and works in the desert of Southern California’s Coachella Valley. Cichocki accents the symbiotic relationship between humankind, nature and industry. He encapsulates the cycle of decay and renewal through a hybrid intersection of art and biology. For decades the artist has immersed himself within the desert landscape, responding to the dynamic ecology of the region through interconnected works ofsculpture, painting, photography, video, performance, installation, sound, and architectural intervention.

About Villa Angarano

Villa Angarano, located in Bassano del Grappa, Veneto, Italy, is one of the original villa’s designed by Andrea Palladio which is featured in the architectural masterpiece book I Quattro Libridell’Architettura. It is considered an example of architectural capacity that pleases human needs, both aesthetical and practical.

About Geoplast

Geoplast is an Italian designer and manufacturer of innovative construction products. All Geoplast products focus on improving sustainability and minimizing climate change. Geoplast’s main goals are to reduce carbon emissions by offering alternatives to concrete, empower faster building, manageheavy rainfalls, and increase the number of green surfaces worldwide. Geoplast products are made exclusively of recycled plastics. Spanning 4 decades of experience the company has created hundreds of sustainable solutions that use a range of more than 40 products.