Triple Trilithon Outdoor Theater

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2020-09-11

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Shirley, Clinton Austin

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The purpose of this thesis project is to research and design an outdoor performance space that will facilitate and enhance communion among people. In addition, the space will connect the users to their own human ancestry by the integration of ancient building principles into the structure’s design and construction. I researched many of the world’s Megalithic architectural sites and visited Chaco Canyon, New Mexico to study the winter solstice light’s interaction with the architecture. I was looking for harmonies and elements that “spoke” to peace and community. I identified two structures that exemplified these collective unconscious ideals to use as a framework for my design. My design for the Triple Trilithon Outdoor Theater combines architectural elements from the Holy of Holies Room in the Hypogeum on the Island of Malta and the Great Kivas from Chaco Canyon. The design utilizes the principles of directionality, balanced dualism, and hierophany. Embedded within the design of The Triple Trilithon Outdoor Theater the effects of directionality, balanced dualism, and hierophany are aimed at creating a space that elicits inner harmony. Audience members and performers will benefit from participating in and with this space just as ancient peoples utilized their architecture to enhance their spirituality, sense of peace, attainment of knowledge and enjoyment. I made three scale models of the design to present the idea. I originally intended for a life-sized version of the middle Trilithon doorway to be built and installed, but the Covid-19 outbreak interrupted my plans and I was unable to debut the structure with the performances I had arranged. Instead, I developed a website to present the painted scale models of the Triple Trilithon Outdoor Theater. I designed The Triple Trilithon Outdoor Theater to replicate ancient megalithic structures in use as well as form. My desire was to create a space that elicits inner harmony and builds community. Audience members and performers will benefit from participating in and with this space just as ancient peoples utilized their architecture to enhance their spirituality, sense of peace, attainment of knowledge and enjoyment

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