The existing radio tower has roughly 16 horizontal datums with tapering verticals that begin at 19’ wide at the base with the top tiers being nearly 4’ wide with an estimated height of 150 feet. In conceiving of the Polychromatic Sundial I focused on transforming the upper vertical tiers to maximize the experiential impact beyond the parcel. This chromatic gesture will make people more conscious that we use these vertical beacons as wayfinding devices throughout our urban environments and to create a new aesthetic anchor for this neighborhood.
This tetrahedral structural system has a formal and communication precedent in the work of Alexander Graham Bell. Inspired in part by Bell, I was also compelled to actively dematerialize the form through the work of Buckminster Fuller, see the image here. There’s also a pragmatism behind the choice, to use the divisions of the structure to divide the material and stay within available material dimensions.
This project was a proposition for the Western Ave corridor in Allston Massachusetts and remains in a conceptual phase. Ideally we would obtain funding to explore the feasibility of the concept after a careful study of the existing structure is conducted.