Ancient Sukkah Re-imagined on Danforth Campus

L’Chime Sukkah, by John Kleinschmidt and Andy Sternad, was the second winning entry from designers in New Orleans. “A field of wooden rods is suspended via thin cotton string from a grid. At all four sides, the rods extend to just above the ground. To enter the Sukkah, one must fundamentally change its shape and push the rods aside to make a path, causing them to gently knock together.” (Stan Strembicki)

Ten cutting-edge Sukkahs by architects and designers from around the nation, including alumni and students, were installed on the Danforth Campus Oct. 17, 2011. The projects, erected just south of the Ann W. Olin Women’s Building, were winners of Sukkah City STL, an ambitious contemporary design competition. Co-sponsored by St. Louis Hillel, the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and The Museum of ImaJewnation, the competition challenged participants to reimagine the traditional Jewish Sukkah — a small, temporary structure erected each fall during the weeklong festival of Sukkot — through the lens of contemporary art and architecture.

“The holiday of Sukkot in Jewish tradition is a way of ceremonially dwelling on, and dwelling in, impermanence,” says Rabbi Andrew Kastner, of St. Louis Hillel.

“Each of the proposals, in its own way, has reimagined the ancient Sukkah, using it as a canvas to explore the role boundaries play in defining what it means to be human,” continues Kastner, who organized the competition with Brian Newman, adjunct lecturer of architecture in the Sam Fox School.

The Sukkahs remained on view through Sat., Oct. 22.

The above information was compiled from articles written by Liam Otten, art news director, University News Service, Public Affairs.

For more information on Sukkah City STL, visit the following:

Sukkah City STL installed on Danforth Campus,;

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts,;

Sukkah City STL on Facebook,;

Sukkah City STL announces winning designs,;

Sukkah City STL announces jury,;

Sukkah City STL,

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