Category Archives: CCAD

The Happy Box Is Up

These are the modular panels of the Happy Box. The panels are relatively light, which makes me happy.

Erecting the Happy Box is a three person job (thanks Tony & David).

An overhead shot of the Happy Box. My point-and-shoot camera cannot capture the whole thing. Can you see the spiral shape? If not, take a look at the model in a previous post.

The Happy Box is up! Next I will line it with acoustic foam.

I must also add that today I had the pleasure of visiting the anechoic chamber at Ohio State University’s ElectroScience Lab. Thanks to Jim Moncrief for giving me a tour. The anechoic chamber is the largest of its kind associated with a university in the U.S. I’ve wanted to visit one since I was an undergraduate student, and my research on sensory deprivation (and sound control as it relates to the Happy Box) added fuel to the fire. (Plus, James Turrell and Robert Irwin visited one and that informed their work…) I can imagine it would be unnerving to be in one for more than twenty minutes.

Look at those endless rows of absorbers…


Building the Happy Box

Ten panels down, zero to go. These are 4′ x 8′ plywood frames. One side is corrugated white plastic, the other insulation. Once the panels are hinged they will be formed into a spiral shaped room (see the model in a previous post). The insulation will not be visible as I am lining the entire thing in acoustic foam. It will look a bit like a mini anechoic chamber.

First we brad-nailed the frames together.

My assistant Jared B. liquid-nailing the shit out of a frame.

Insulation is on…

…and magically they are done.

Doing a hinge test-more coming soon.

On another note, I am currently reading a book about William Reich, inventor of the “orgone energy accumulator.” It is strangely relevant to my project.

The Happy Box Sketches

These are some preliminary sketches for my first semester project. I’m an MFA candidate at CCAD. Don’t steal my ideas or I will hunt you down while you sleep.

In response to the question below:  Olafur Eliasson is a big influence on me. His exhibit Take Your Time at MCA Chicago fundamentally transformed the way I thought about art. James Turrell, Yayoi Kusama, and Bernhard Leitner have also made important works–ones that make people feel something. I’m also influenced by films such as Beyond the Black Rainbow, a weird Canadian psychological thriller, and film noir.

Right now I’m reading Phenomenal: California Light, Space Surface (Edited by Robin Clark), Personal Space: The Behavioral Basis of Design by Robert Sommer, and too many books on the psychology of color and light.