Chapel Pacific

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SURFACE GALLERY, SPALDING HOUSE | HONOLULU CONTEMPORARY MUSEUM OF ART | 10 JAN - 21 FEB 2015

Artists: Jade Kake, Ambrosia Crum, Sonny Ganaden and Jason Lowe

Chapel Pacific consists of the design, building, and adorning of a small structure that references systems of faith for the diverse communities of the Pacific ocean. It is a collaboration between architects, builders, and fine art printmakers; and open to the public irregardless of faith, age or background. The project is to be created, and re-created, in spaces for contemporary art. The physical context of art museums allow its creators to focus on the process of a chapel rather than its use, and on its creation rather than its dedication.

The structure’s design incorporates influences from Māori marae, Hawaiian heiau, and small Christian chapels of Hawaii and New Zealand. A waharoa, or gate, creates a liminal, transitional space from the exterior of the museum to the chapel, similar to a vestibule in the tradition of Catholic churches. The chapel’s roof is pitched in what architects in Hawaii refer to as a “dickey roof,” a design element from pre-western contact thatch roofs. The materials to build the structure are clear corrugated plastic, simple timber, and steel bar. These common materials became ubiquitous to Oceanic communities after World War II, and for those without many resources, were and still are primary building materials.