The House That Jack Built

Location Seattle, Washington
Art Direction Alan Maskin

Conceptual artist Jack Daws, in conjunction with Olson Kundig Outpost, present the inaugural Itinerant Projects installation, The House that Jack Built.

The House that Jack Built is based upon The Pond (a somewhat mystical account of my foray into architecture), Daws’s firsthand account of his efforts to build a cabin in the middle of Walden Pond only to have a freight train loaded with toxic chemicals plunge into its waters. The installation includes Daws’s story, a large-scale model of the cabin, and accompanying images depicting the pond before and after the environmental disaster. The installation is meant to be a starting point for self-reflection and a critical inquiry into contemporary society, engaging such topics as reincarnation, artistic attribution, admiration, false identity, thievery, tribute, injury and environmental degradation to ruin.

Two new ventures for Olson Kundig have supported this installation: Itinerant Projects, the firm’s new installation program which will locate four migratory collaborations in site-specific installations across the globe; and Olson Kundig Outpost, a new creative production studio that supported Mr. Daws with photography and visual effects.

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