We have all been strangers at some point and experienced the fear of meeting new people. “Two Strangers Meet in a Parking Lot” provides a wonderful opportunity to meet unfamiliar people in a familiar place, the parking lot west of the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University. The two architectural structures are designed so two complete strangers will meet face-to-face. Visitors can enter the parking lot and encounter “The Strangers” by walking up nine steps, entering a small room at the top of stilts, and peering through a window that looks out to the adjacent structure. As strangers approach the windows they will come face-to-face with each other.
The creator, Jared Macken, is an architect, theorist, and artist whose books, installations, drawings, and models explore how architecture connects with the city and its inhabitants. His projects investigate the topic of the “strange” in architecture, and consequently the strangers who use these structures—he is, in fact, also a stranger.
This project is supported by a Rocket Grants project award, a program of the Charlotte Street Foundation and the University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art. Funding is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
To learn more about Jared and his exciting projects check out his website!