SCI-Arc students Joseph Brown (MArch 1 '13) and Hope Pollonais (MArch 1 '13) won a competition organized by the Los Angeles River Artist and Business Association (LARABA) to design a sculpture for Downtown LA's first doggy park. Located on an oddly-shaped 6,000-sq.ft. lot on the corner of Molino and 4th Streets, the Arts District Dog Park opened in summer 2010 and has since been a local success story.
For the SCI-Arc design duo, "man's best friend" has offered more than companionship but also inspiration for their winning installation, Auricle—which "celebrates the form and function of dog ear anatomy." The sculpture seeks to engage and benefit both owner and dog, using modules/stations to promote physical activity and relaxation. The proposed method of construction is steamed bent wood contoured to accomplish the differential form of the dog ear, as well as to maintain a material lightness to the already small site.