Building the shed; completed

Thanks to the tools we got from Resort Studios, we could start building the shed, or a shed-like structure for our installation. According to my technician, friends and youtube tutorials, it was vital to build a strong structure to hold the floor and the walls together, possibly one long sheet of wood for each side. Although we’ve got good materials in the neighbourhoods, it was a little tricky to build something big or sturdy enough to have people to sit inside the structure.

Two, inexperienced students trying to build the shed

Two, inexperienced students trying to build the shed

After sketching the basic designs, we made a conclusion that the floor is the most important part to hold everything together. We got a wood pallet and a door that would be stable enough to be a foundation. We cut down the door into two parts, and connected three parts with long strips of wood panels, given by Resort Studios.

Cutting the door

Cutting the door

Connecting the three parts with long wood panels

Connecting the three parts with long wood panels

The floor completed

The floor completed

Once we had the floor finished,  the wall was easy to put up together. The problem we faced was the roof; we thought about whether we need it or not. As it’s not for people to walk in, Antony suggested that we cover the structure diagonally and we had something perfect for the length. As we were building with scrap woods and by unskilled hands, we tried to minimise the potential hazards with the shed. Most of the nails and sticks of woods were trimmed down or covered, but we’re trying to supervise visitors, especially young children not to touch the structure.

Installation of the shed is completed!

Installation of the shed is completed!

Down by the Westbrook Bay, we saw beach houses building and on the cover of the construction were some peep holes. Beach houses like these don’t seem to be for everyone, and it felt like looking into something you can never have. The photos in the peep holes showed some possible lifestyles at the beach houses which were too picturesque to be real. When we came back to build our shed, we realised our installation could also represent a recreated beach house, only built with found materials and placed in a gallery space that people peek through, facing the photos of the beautiful Margate ocean view on the wall. Although the primary purpose was to create a community setting with found materials, at the end of the week it would get dismantled. The beach houses and this one-week community project somehow correlates in the notion of the temporality.

Beach houses under construction

Beach houses under construction