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US youth camp seeks self-build installations

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Beam Camp in New Hampshire, USA, has launched an international competition for a series of £10,000 temporary installations

The two-stage contest is open to architects, engineers, designers, sculptors and artists, and seeks ‘unique and spectacular’ proposals for artistic structures which can be constructed by the summer youth camp’s 20 staff and 100 participants.

The project aims to teach young people attending the camp about design, planning and construction, with the majority of components for each installation prepared on site and assembled in under 50 hours.

According to the brief, the camp is looking for ‘projects that take advantage of Beam’s facilities, community, landscape and rural setting using a range of materials, processes and techniques allowing us to create the majority of the components onsite and from scratch.

‘Creative individuals with big ideas – including but not limited to artists, engineers, architects, builders, filmmakers, musicians, designers, technologists – are asked to create big ideas that result in a unique, ambitious, and spectacular product.’

The annual summer camp in rural Strafford was launched 11 years ago by the New York-based Beam Centre, which promotes youth development through collaboration and creation. The camp is open to young people aged between 10 and 17, and focuses on learning through fine arts, manual arts, technology and team work.

Its 43ha facility is home to many past installations including several on land and water. Structures are demounted in the winter and reassembled each summer.

London-based Mobile Studio Architects was among the winners of last year’s competition, designing a series of giant mechanical flipbooks featuring images of birds in the forest.

Proposals must include a detailed breakdown of construction steps and instructions for using the tools and materials available on the site. Facilities available at Beam Camp include wood and metal workshops – featuring welding, moulding and casting tools; textile, dye and sewing stations; a ceramic studio; a technology lab; audio equipment and a food garden with commercial kitchen.

Participating teams must designate a project master who will be available to guide campers via Skype during the project’s delivery between February and June next year.

The winners, set to be announced on 31 January, will each receive a £2,400 prize. Winning teams do not have to visit the camp, but travel expenses may be covered if required.

The deadline for submissions is 8 January.

How to apply

View the competition website for more information

Contact details

Beam Camp NH
55 Boy Scout Road
NH 03884

Email: contact@beamcamp.org
Tel: +1 718 855 7600

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