Pioneer – Stephen Talasnik
Pioneer is a large-scale wooden sculpture constructed at Tippet Rise Art Center by artist Stephen Talasnik. Informed by Space Architecture of the early 60’s, it was engineered by Arup and crafted by Gunnstock Timber Frames using yellow cedar from the northwestern United States. The piece is influenced by traditions of 20th century visionary architecture. This documentary examines the sculpture’s journey from inspiration to design ― problem solving, fabrication and installation. In dialogue with the natural setting of a geological “bowl”, the artist examines the influence of exploration on his creative process. This movie was premiered in New York last September at the Design&Architecture Film Festival opening night, featuring Julien Brocal‘s piano piece called Souvenirs.