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Architecture grad students' work featured in gallery installation

October 10, 2016

The work of two College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs students, Ikram Eloualid and Elizabeth Hurtado, is being featured in an installation at the Kirk Hopper Fine Art Gallery in Dallas. "Propagate" opened on October 8 and will run through November 5, 2016.

The gallery materials describe the installation thusly:

"Propagate tells a story that begins with the primordial formation of dirt particles that traveled through light, water, air, and time, to find themselves in this new composition. For the artists, compressed earth is representative of a building system whose roots are ancient and whose benefits are great but generally unrecognized, misunderstood and under-researched. This work is inspired by a belief in the potentials of earth construction as a revived and modernized art, re-engineered for durability. Earth, stabilized with a small percentage of cement, finds its form and strength through confinement and curing. Earthen cubes are arranged in a self-organizing phyllotactic pattern, an array which naturally emerges in dynamic biological systems. Linking a terrestrial material with the rationality of form, Propagate is a bridge between past and future, mystery and logic, and above all, harmony and earth."

Elizabeth Hurtado is a Master of Architecture candidate at CAPPA and obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Texas in 2005. Her work has been exhibited in Indiana, Vermont, California, and extensively in the north central region of Texas.

Ikram Eloualid received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from UTA in 2015 and is also a candidate for a Master in Architecture degree. She is a teaching assistant at CAPPA and was recently awarded the ARCC King student medal for excellence in architectural and environmental design research.

For more information on this installation, please visit the Kirk Hopper Fine Art Gallery.

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