The folklore typology of a wishing well and the mythological landscape of a labyrinth are brought into contact with one another in this proposal in order to re-conceptualize a post-military landscape. There is a unique curiosity to a labyrinth, one that simultaneously compels both logical reasoning and visceral spatial experience. In the Wishing Wells & Labyrinths project these experiential qualities are heightened by a virtue of solving one of the three labyrinths. Upon solving hte labyrinth, one is granted entry to a wishing well, a folklore typology loaded with literary and cinematic history. These are not the average wishing wells, but rather each of the three Wishing Wells repurpose former Titan II missile silos in central Colorado. The three labyrinths estrange the past political imperatives of the former missile site, imagining alternative cultural values, social saliency, and aesthetic agendas. In particular, the Wishing Wells recast militaristic history by appropriating the hollow interior bellies of the three former Titan II ICBM silos. The three labyrinths encourage chance encounters, outdoor rooms, and spatial reasoning as a form of play in the landscape punctuated by casting wishes in a still somewhat sinister vessel.
Copyright, Endemic Architecture 2018