Installation

Placed next to North Christian Church, Synergia’s ephemeral quality of light acts in conjunction with the spatial movements of compression and expansion, creating a place that fosters peace and reflection. Synergia embodies the reality of life, community, and harmony through simple parts working together to create a complex and light-filled space.

Instructors

Jiangmei Wu

Students

Amy Cunningham, Marguerite Fisher-Heath, Siqiao Gao, Hannah Holloway, Kylie Knipscheer, Guanyao Li, Tristin Moore, Anna Mui, Ariana Nunes, Michelle Smith, Emma Walsh, Ye Wang, Zhanhua Ya, Simin Yu, and Jin Zhu

Special Thanks goes to IUPUI engineering faculty Andres Tovar and his students Aaron Berndt, Ryan Comer, Shweta Daule, Shantanu Sabade, Ashutosh Salunke, Kordula Schild, and Pratik Shelke for their help.

Material Fabrication

Laser cut corrugated plastic cut into hendecahedrons

Site

North Christian Church, 1964
Eero Saarinen
850 Tipton Lane

Saarinen’s North Christian Church is a breathtaking building that shows the architect at his most mature. Its abstract hexagonal plan is more abstract than and visually distinct from the rectilinear gestures of First Christian Church and Eero’s Irwin Union Bank and Trust. Viewed from the outside, the building literally mediates between earth and sky, between the Congregation and God. The flat cornfields bordering on Tipton Lane reveal a building that, at first glance, appears to be rising from the ground. North Christian Church’s form features an interplay of receding and extruding angles that eventually meld into the angled rooflines that lead into the building’s iconic spire.