Graffiti Annex


A form of visual communication, usually illegal, involving the unauthorized marking of public space by an individual or group. Although the common image of graffiti is a stylistic symbol or phrase spray-painted on a wall by a member of a street gang, some graffiti is not gang-related. Graffiti can be understood as antisocial behaviour performed in order to gain attention or as a form of thrill seeking, but it also can be understood as an expressive art form.


Location:Dreamer Gallery, Norman, Oklahoma

Year:    2009

Team:    Brian Berryhill- Model Maker
         Zach Steele
         Adam Sarmiento

Developed for a local art gallery as part of a month long exhibit this piece represents a work of “gurellia architecture”.

Working with university students, components were collected from local home waste over the course of 4 weeks and one big trash day in Norman, Oklahoma. We then designed a pavilion for a graffiti filled alley entrance to a local art gallery using the found and repurposed materials. 

Design was centered on what was found not open ended. Bed frames, peg board, etc. became the basis of design. The snap together frame is comprised of wood dowels pinned into precut holes on small scrap wood framing and furring pieceds collected from local construction sites. These small sections join to create larger members that form the structural skeleton of the shield. The entire work is lightweight enough to be assembled by one or two people. The flexible frame becomes rigid only when enclosed by the exterior skin. 

After the design process was completed a 24 hour build time was set and students assembled their design on site.

The project remained in the alley for the entirety of the show.