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Tumbleweeds Catcher (1972)

Tumbleweeds Catcher (1972)

Part of

People

  • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)
  • Gianni Pettena (artist)

Title

Tumbleweeds Catcher (1972)

Dates of creation

circa 1972-2017

Level of archival description

Project

Extent and Medium

  • 19 digital files (65 MB)
  • 10 photographic materials
  • 2 drawings

Scope and Content

The project series documents "Tumbleweeds Catcher", an installation by Pettena and a group of his students from the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, in 1972. The installation consisted of a tower-scaffold built on a vacant lot near the city centre and covered with mesh so it could capture the tumbleweeds blown by the wind. Through this installation Pettena's intention was to "highlight the 'work of the land', the tumbleweeds moved by the wind and intercepted by the mesh of the tower, 'naturalize' it, contaminate it, thereby embodying the revenge of nature over urbanized space." [1] A second edition was later presented at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City in 2013.

The project series contains photographs of the installation in 1972 and 2013, and drawings and sketches of the tower.

Source:

[1] Marco Scotini, editor. Non-conscious architecture: Gianni Pettena, Sternberg Press, 2018, 235 pages. p. 162.

Reference Number

AP207.S1.1972.PR03

Location

Salt Lake City Utah United States

Language of material

English, Italian

Related units of description

  • This project, along with "Clay House" and "Red Line" are part of a series of three projects entitled "The Salt Lake Trilogy". The projects were undertaken between April 1971 and March 1972 while Pettena was teaching as a guest professor at the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City. For material related to these projects, see also: AP207.S1.1972.PR02 Clay House (1972) and AP207.S1.1972.PR04 Red Line (1972).

Inventory

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    • Reference Number: AP207.S1.1972.PR03.001
    • Title: Drawings and photographs of the installation, Tumbleweeds Catcher
    • Dates of creation: circa 1972
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)
    • Gianni Pettena (architect)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2 drawings
    • 2 photographs

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 36.5 x 29.5 cm sheet (largest): 42.5 x 30 cm

    Credit line:

    Gianni Pettena fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Gianni Pettena/
    Gift of Gianni Pettena

    Folder Number:

    207-001-012

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    • Reference Number: AP207.S1.1972.PR03.002
    • Title: Photograph, Tumbleweeds Catcher
    • Dates of creation: circa 1972
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)
    • Gianni Pettena (architect)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 photograph

    Dimensions:

    sheet (with mat): 70 x 50.5 cm

    Credit line:

    Gianni Pettena fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Gianni Pettena/
    Gift of Gianni Pettena

    Folder Number:

    207-003-004

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    • Reference Number: AP207.S1.1972.PR03.003
    • Title: Photographs, Tumbleweeds Catcher
    • Dates of creation: circa 1972
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)
    • Gianni Pettena (architect)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 7 slides
    • 1 photograph

    Credit line:

    Gianni Pettena fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Gianni Pettena/
    Gift of Gianni Pettena

    Folder Number:

    207-005-024

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    • Reference Number: AP207.S1.1972.PR03.004
    • Title: Photographs of the installation in 1972 and in 2013, digitized drawings and sketches, and project descriptions, Tumbleweeds Catcher
    • Dates of creation: 2001 - 2017
    • Form: drawings, born digital, photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)

    Description:

    Most common file formats: JPEG File Interchange Format, Microsoft Word for Windows, Exchangeable Image File Format (Compressed), Tagged Image File Format

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 19 digital files (65 MB)

    Credit line:

    Gianni Pettena fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Gianni Pettena/
    Gift of Gianni Pettena

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