LONDON, UK

INNER OASIS
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Birds Eye of Monument
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This monument was originally based of of the slow movement, which is a movement that gears people to slow down in life and
take a second to take part in and remember the important things - such as culture, family, languages, gardening, and travel.
RELAX
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Our monument then became more about just relaxation and reflection in a more indirect aspect. It still encompasses many of the
values in the slow movement, but is more about personal experience.
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Inner Oasis is located in London, UK (the 18th largest city in metro population of 12,875,000) in Vincent Square.
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Not only is London one of the busiest cities in the world, but it also holds a long history of being a bustling, industrious area.
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A calm refuge in a dense, busy city, Vincent Square is an idea location for the monument.
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This 13 acre Square is currently owned by Westminster School and is used as playing field for football.
ENJOY
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Our monument would open up the square to public use, creating a place for citizens to come alone, with their families, etc. for
some quiet reflection time or just to slow down life and enjoy the day at a slower pace.
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Slowing down is important to decrease stress and to bring piece of mind to ones awareness of what is going on around them.
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When experiencing the monument, viewers will be able to really get a sense of peace and become calm with the presence of wind
chime noises and birds that live in the area.
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SOUND TINKLE TINKLE
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scale: 3/16" = 1`
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The first area of the sculpture that users would come upon are the arches. There are twelve arches in total, twelve being a
significant number when dealing with time, like hours in the day, months in the year, etc. This orthographic model is at 3/16ths
scale
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The “arches” act as a guide to lead people through the chaos that represents the pace of their lives. These arches, as well as the
rest of the monument’s structures, are made of rough, dark granite. They are 6 inches thick and stand 8 feet tall, giving sufcient
space for people to walk through, but not so big that it is overwhelming.
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As you walk through the arches they become more open, going from 5 feet in width to 15 feet in width. The gradual change in
size gives the viewer more of a sense of space and they feel less claustrophobic. Also, as one continues through the series of
arches, their path slowly starts to straighten out - this represents order, balance, and clarity returning to life after slowing down
and self-reflecting.
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Once the viewer reaches the end of their journey through the arches, they come to the the larger “room.” They see a small
reflection pool that with built in benches, so that it also acts as a space for them to sit and think if they would like. The water
quietly flows from the small, center reflecting pool to the outside, larger ones located on either side of the circular structure. This
water represent two things. First, the flow is both circular and endless, rejuvenation carrying it to the outside and back inward.
Secondly, this water travels from the inner, personal level to the open outdoors. Once a person has gained their inner peace, they
can take this calmness and carry it through their daily routine, letting it efect all aspects of their life.
Larger room
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The structure doesn’t have a roof or complete sides so these spaces act as windows that see up into the sky and windows to see
the grass and trees surrounding the square. Vincent square acts as a “bubble” of nature inside the busy city.
INNER OASIS
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All of the aspects of our monument turn this into space in which people can reflect, slow down, and enjoy, and maybe find their
own inner oasis. ;)

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