“Section” Architectural Installation Captures Visitor’s Imagination at Sacramento’s ArtStreet

February 27, 2017


Suspended 1,200-square-foot sculpture creates monumental experience in city’s annual art event

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – “Section” is the newest structure designed by architect Jason A. Silva, partner and design principal at Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture (D+B) and artist Ginger Thompson, project designer at D+B. Section is the centerpiece for Sacramento’s ArtStreet, an arts event showcasing over 100 international, national, and local artists’ work. It is located inside a 1950’s lumber warehouse on the former site of Setzer Forest Products, Inc. The warehouse is scheduled be demolished in March to make way for housing at the Mill at Broadway, a new mixed-use neighborhood.

The sculpture’s columns are fabricated of corrugated cardboard and hung with monofilament leader line suspended from a wood frame constructed within the roof trusses. A surrounding valance, also clad in cardboard, supports a stretched fabric ceiling. Light fixtures mounted in the tops of the columns illuminate the upper half of the volume. The bottom half of the columns are painted black to emphasize the horizontal duality of the different sections.

Artists’ Statement

“Section” is an installation designed to evoke introspection and emotions – fear and discomfort, as well as hope and a desire to look past the unsettling to something brighter. We have deliberately obscured the uppermost elements of the installation to further create an aura of mystery and intrigue for the dark hovering piece. Architecture can have a profound effect on its occupants. It is our intent with “Section” to push the edges of a visitor’s experience to better understand how each of us perceives our environments. Some visitors may consider the piece upside-down, and that’s our goal; everyone has their own interpretation.

“Section” was built over a four-week period by a team of volunteers and staff of D+B. Thirteen-thousand square feet of cardboard was donated by PackageOne, a Sacramento-based sustainable packaging company specializing in custom box and display design.

Free and open to the public, ArtStreet is a large-scale art installation conceptualized and produced by Sacramento’s M5Arts, a non-profit collective behind the highly successful cultural phenomenon, Art Hotel.

Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture

Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture, founded in 1950 in Sacramento, Calif., with an office in San Francisco, is a mid-size firm headquartered in the California capital. The firm serves corporate, public, and institutional markets with solutions achieved through collaboration and innovation. Committed to a sustainable future, D+B brings expertise in architecture, master planning, interiors, graphic design, and construction services. Recently completed projects include The ICON Aircraft Headquarters & Manufacturing Facility, CLARA Midtown – E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts at Fremont School, and the Placer County Animal Services Center. Art Consulting is a special service the firm provides.


M5ARTS is a non-profit arts initiative in downtown Sacramento committed to envisioning and creating culturally significant multi-faceted and multidimensional art experiences. M5ARTS brings series of temporary arts events, which include exhibitions, salons, lectures, film premieres, book debuts, musical performances, and artist receptions.


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