Beam Camp Myths of Flight

Educational syllabus with kinetic sculptures and event design

New Hampshire, USA

July 2011

Beam Camp is a residential summer camp that meets for four weeks each summer in New Hampshire. Beam Campers hone their maker skills with hands on activities throughout the day.

“Beam commissions a different distinguished artist as Project Master to conceive each project. They design it, Beam Campers and Staff work together to make it happen.” Beam Camp

The Beam Project is the centrepiece of each summer camp. It’s an ongoing demonstration that a good plan, perseverance and a skilful crew can bring the biggest schemes to life. It serves as inspiration for the campers to formulate their own future plans and projects. Every summer the camp build something never built before.

With this international competition win Wignall & Moore were commissioned as Project Master. We chose to study myths of flight and stories of those who never flew. The reinterpretation of these stories were used to create machines for the imagination. Kinetic sculptures and machines were then built by the campers and flown through the New Hampshire forest.

RIBA work stages 0-7:
• Design of educational syllabus based upon ancient myths of flight with kinetic sculptures and event design.
• Definition of brief
• Scoping and research
• Development of narrative approach
• Concept design
• Design of physical interventions
• Detailed design
• Co-ordination with educators