You don’t often see lopsided houses perched on academic buildings, but the University of California San Diego is no ordinary college campus. While it might look like a movie prop or the aftermath of a natural disaster, the tiny blue home known as “Fallen Star” is actually the 18th permanent art installation by the Stuart Collection at UCSD. Here, art is not limited to classrooms or museums, but is an integral part of students’ everyday surroundings.
Some people love the house, others hate it, but either way, there’s no denying that it is worthy of a closer look. The piece demands attention and thought, and isn’t that the job of any work of art?
The Fallen Star was created by artist Do Ho Suh.
It sits atop Engineering Building One – a testament to the collaboration of math and art that made the piece a reality.
Do Ho Suh’s family moved to the U.S.A. from Seoul, South Korea in 1991. At times, the new surroundings made him feel displaced. It took him time to adjust, mentally and physically.
The experience changed the way Do Ho Suh thought about space. The house and its corresponding lawn demonstrate that perspective changes everything.
Visitors often expect the home to be empty, until they are invited into the furnished interior.
Fallen Star sits roughly 100 feet above ground. Imagine walking past this on your way to class each day!
However, if you’re not a student, you can still take a tour. Fallen Star is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
It’s certainly an epic sight. From its inception in 2012 to today, Fallen Star knows how to gather a crowd and make them think.
Via: The Stuart Collection @ USCD