Whilst researching interactive installations, I was trying to find an installation designed to make someone feel uncomfortable, which is when I came across the Hairy Staircase.
Created in 2011, using synthetic hair, fabric and steel installed in the staircase of abandoned Mountainaire Hotel, Hot Springs in Arkansas, by Jessica Wohl, this installation is likely to make your skin crawl. Although, this hairy staircase to me, looks completely disturbing, the fact it is installed within a staircase means it is unavoidable. If you wanted to reach the upper level, you would have to walk the stairs, treading one by one on what to me, would feel like someone’s head of hair.
Despite its cringeworthy appearance, I found this installation beneficial, because the fact it is unavoidable if you wanted to reach the upper floors, you have to go through it. This is a visual example of what sensory overload is like; it is unavoidable and you have to go through it.
Again, this links in with my installation idea for Field. I want to create an environment or situation which is unavoidable. There is no control switch to flick it off or alter its intentions. You just have to ride it out.