Chris Schellhammer, ink on museum board, (4) 15 x 15 inch panels, 2008 ©



While Wexner is loaded with numerous stereotomic, architectonic and representations of a mannerist sort contrived from past site architecture (towers, broken arches, hanging columns), I selected the representation of grid upon which to focus four presentation boards. The grid is not only the most apparent of representations, but also the most complex and contradictory in the project.

In focusing on the grid in this demonstration, the following observations are made:

  1. 12.25 degree campus grid to Wexner site relationship: demonstrated by the space between the panels (campus grid) and the rotated grid in pen (Wexner orientation to city grid).
  2. connection to greater community: demonstrated on panel 1 as a red line. Also see essay (link below) - plate 6 for a more literal demonstration.
  3. multiple fields and orders: irreconcilable isometric rationalization of a grid. Particular attention was given to line weight to implicate depth and spatial conditions influenced by multiple fields and orders

Panel 2

Panel 1

Panel 4

Panel 3

additional study

A trip to Columbus is planned to complete this study. In lieu of this, additional angles of study were self-imposed to improve my understanding of this building.

  1. a careful trace of Wexner plan & section
  2. in reading Colin Rowe's obituary, I learned that in his advisory role with Peter Eisenman, he encouraged him to study the Italian rationalist Giuseppe Terragni. This study culminated in a book by Eisenman entitled "Giuseppe Terragni : Transformations, Decompositions, Critiques." This prompted research and trace study of select Terragni works.
  3. two concept drawings of representation: (1) armory and (2) grid
  4. a short essay to work through my own understanding of tectonic, stereotomic and representational references in Wexner