This project is about finding balance between active and passive enjoyment. One object which can appeal to two very different target groups. On one end the climber and on the other end the casual passer-by. While one of these user groups will see this object is intended for climbing, the other can still appreciate the same object for its aesthetic appeal.

boulder artwork 1

Combining the passive and active is benificial for both parties. It brings some tranquillity to the activity and some activity to the observation. The climber would have an aesthetic layer added to the activity. While the passive observer might be inclined to become more inquisitive and explore around this boulder to find the most interesting viewing angle.

boulder artwork 2 boulder artwork 3

This project originally started from the idea that the essence of climbing is not represented in climbing or boulder halls. While climbing is an active sport, it is also about exploration. There are all kinds of mountains to climb, different altitudes, different climates, different types of rock or even ice. But most climbing halls look the same. Too make climbing in countries without mountains (like The Netherlands) more appealing one should think of the designing artificial mountains. Not just providing a means of practice, but providing objects to be explored. Instead of a mountain a boulder is the first logical step.

boulder artwork frame

The structure is made of highly polished stainless steel to become fully reflective and basically act as an organically shaped mirror. The boulder block consists of four sections separately fastened on a metal frame. This metal frame would be mounted in the ground on a set location. But the metal sheets can be easily rotated, replaced or switched. This way a high degree of versatilty could be created with only four panels. However switching panels with potential other locations could further increase the longevity of this concept. It would help maintain interest for climbers by switching up the arrangements.