Geoscience explores many topics dealing with the Earth. Plate tectonics are a basic although large factor of the ground being alive. The edges of these plates could be viewed as engravings in a skin and where the edges meet, there is always a state of tension.
My first gesture was to cut into the site to illustrate fragments of the Earth's geography and to emphasize the flatness of LA and of the site. The cuts created a landscape of copper planes and gravel canyons. Tire marks in the gravel indicate movement into the canyon where the museum and parking area are located. The museum has been separated into two main program routes. One is on general information, while the other is a research route. The copper planes, an extension of the curbs and an expression of horizontal weight, are large tanks of water. The canyons, which inhabit the museum, are an expression of vertical pressure. The Californian sun makes the cuts dynamic. It creates patterns of shadow in the landscape and the contrast of light and shadow emphasizes the edge quality of the planes.