Cache Me If You Can invites visitors to King Plaza to explore the relationship between an object and its context. The pavilion is a three-dimensional, materialized image documenting the life of King Plaza over the course of one spring day. Geometrically, the pavilion is made up of 10 identical triangular panels that form a square frame in elevation. Each panel is printed with a projected pattern derived from photographs of the site.
Approaching from the front, on axis with city hall, the printed pattern aligns with its surroundings: the building’s fenestration runs down across the folded surfaces of the pavilion, and the plaza’s gridded paving pattern extends up to meet it. From other angles, this view is stretched, folded and mirrored, creating other, less faithful views.
Moving counterclockwise around the structure and then inside, the 20 printed surfaces chart the course of one day, May 31st, 2019, describing the activity that took place, the changing light levels and shifting shadow patterns. The triangular panels are perforated in a variable pattern based on the same images. At night, the pavilion will be lit from the interior causing the holes to glow and creating a new set of images of King Plaza.
FreelandBuck is a Los Angeles- and New York City-based architectural office founded and led by Brennan Buck and David Freeland. Established in 2010, the office makes buildings, spaces, and objects that engage the public through layers of meaning, illusion and visual effect.
FreelandBuck is a winner of the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices Prize in 2019. They were named a finalist for the 2018 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, a member of Architectural Record’s 2017 Design Vanguard, and a winner of the 2017 AIA LA Next LA Award for their project, Second House.
Cache me if you Can is commissioned by the Palo Alto Public Art Program as part of its ongoing series of temporary public art installations on King Plaza. The City of Palo Alto Public Art Program brings dynamic, rotating exhibitions that reflect diverse styles and perspectives to King Plaza.