In medieval times, both the rich and poor alike viewed performances as a means of entertainment. Today, the theater is seen largely as an upper to middle class means of entertainment. This is a changing phenomenon with lowering ticket prices and more casual theater settings around the world. From the Greek amphitheater, the Roman theater, and the medical theater, to New York’s Broadway and Milan’s fashion week, The Line offers a new take on the archaic event setting, and the rural performance.
The Line rethinks what the role of the rural can be and acts as an armature for a new type of ‘rural performance’. The form is made into one continuous line from start to end and is synthesized into its most basic parts: the performance and the procession.
The result of the design produced a certain ‘generic’ quality about it that opens it up to multiple possibilities - when you are not sure how it could be used or utilized. At the same time, there is almost a responsibility and an intrigue to allow it to become even more than what you imagined it to be, it takes on a life of its own. Given that so many works today are consumed with trying to create a spectacle, we looked at it more as a contradiction - a 'generic' spectacle.
Because The Line floats on pier footings, it has an ultra low footprint on the land it sits on; and when the projects life runs its course, it will return the landscape with little impact.