Logan Austeja Daniel

email: logan@austeja.com
phone: (510) 684-4751
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Transport Your Head

Installation: Black Rock City & San Francisco


Transport Your Head is a science art installation involving four hollow sculpted spherical geodes, each 3' in diameter, raised to shoulder height by sturdy bamboo tripods. Insert your head through an opening on the underside, and view an immersive diorama within.
Each geode contains panoramic sights and sounds from Earth's distant past: Pleistocene, Jurassic, Silurian, and Paleoproteozoic.


Installation: Black Rock City


Recipient of a Burning Man Arts Grant, Chasm was an interactive environment sculpted from the desert mud, designed to invoke triangulation, scientific interpretation, and quiet contemplation. Parabloid constructs of wood and on-site clay, painted with mythological characters, withstood the harsh environment and created a geological ruin with a spiritual feel.
In contrast, odd metallic periscopes were wedged into the ground, their monitors revealing an astronomical wonder beneath our flat earth. A nearby metallic book laid out the scientific excavation in an unknown language. Strangers gathered around working with each other to unravel the story of the place. Solo visitors came to quietly sit within its space.


Grey Water Garden

Installation: Black Rock Desert, NV


To create a place for campers to wash, convene, enjoy a garden space in the desert, and increase the productivity of the greywater evaporation ponds with the use of plants native to the alkaline flats of the Big Basin area.
Here in PDF format is a synopsis of the experiment, including plant lists and resources.

Paramecium Garden: For an Allotment Garden in Naerum, Denmark

Summer 2007

24" x 36" Schematic Site Plan created for UC Berkeley Extension class

One of several conceptual oval garden plots with an open program, this garden was designed for a microbiologist who desired to sit within their favorite organism: a Paramecium. All plantings, views, and paths were created to express the experience of this creature as the user experiences the garden over time.

Multiversity for All: Clark Kerr Campus Landscape Renovation

Winter 2008

24" x 36" Schematic Site Plan created for UC Berkeley Extension class

Inspired by Clark Kerr's Multiversity, the original creek is daylighted and offers three tiers of planting which all gain access to the water's winding path down the central median. Planting patterns ripple out into the pedestrian walks, defining resting spaces and highlighting entrances. The creek motif continues as lawn of two types of Fescue grass, which over time will change its flowing patterns with mowing.

California Academy of Sciences: East and West Gardens

Spring 2008

30" x 42" Sheet Set created at SWA Group

Construction document sheet set in AutoCAD

Soundwall Grading Study

Spring 2008

30" x 42" AutoCAD Sheet Set created at SWA Group

Curving sound wall winding between freeway and proposed housing development. Study created to determine effective wall height from front doors of homes to prevent sound and sight views of freeway, and to place pylons and wall lengths cost effectively. Section view remains perpendicular to the curving wall, with grading callouts marking the required city heights and desired effective heights based on housing location and ground levels.

Plant Communities Study: California State University East Bay

Summer 2008

24" x 36" Photoshop Sheet created at SWA Group

Diagrammatic study of California native plant community locations based on environment and desired use for areas of the campus. Visual reference for created plant list.

Logan Austeja Daniel — logan@austeja.com — (510) 684-4751