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Medium White Tee
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Initial Concept Sketch
Final Concept Rendering
Installation View
President Obama in Hawaii wearing a Medium White Tee
Installation View

Initial Concept Sketch
Final Concept Rendering
Installation View
President Obama in Hawaii wearing a Medium White Tee
Installation View

GRT Architects was contacted by artist Emily Spivack to give form to a post-presidency fantasy of President Obama. When decision fatigue set in, the President imagined respite in a retirement free from hard choices. He would open a shack in his native Hawaii selling only one thing (tee shirts) in only one size and only one color (medium, white). As a salute to the outgoing President, Spivack and GRT traveled to Hawaii to scout locations. Spivack’s intention was to open a temporary but functional shack, selling medium white tees to raise money for voter registration and engage the community as volunteers. While lacking views and sun, we found an unused storefront with lots of public exposure. Using reclaimed materials from the President’s elementary school building, GRT mixed iconic elements of retail interiors and the beach to make a space that feels at once unusual and familiar. Rare was the mall patron who, on their way to Bed, Bath, and Beyond, was able to resist stepping inside to ask…is this a…store or installation. Both! Success. Spivack sold all 1,000 of the limited run and donated the proceeds to The Bus Federation Civic Fund and Mala ʻAi ʻOpio Youth Community Food Systems Initiative (MA’O).

For more information on the project team & press, please visit:
www.mediumwhitetee.com

Team:
Rustam Mehta, Tal Schori, Nathan Geller, Sharif Anous

GRT Architects was contacted by artist Emily Spivack to give form to a post-presidency fantasy of President Obama. When decision fatigue set in, the President imagined respite in a retirement free from hard choices. He would open a shack in his native Hawaii selling only one thing (tee shirts) in only one size and only one color (medium, white). As a salute to the outgoing President, Spivack and GRT traveled to Hawaii to scout locations. Spivack’s intention was to open a temporary but functional shack, selling medium white tees to raise money for voter registration and engage the community as volunteers. While lacking views and sun, we found an unused storefront with lots of public exposure. Using reclaimed materials from the President’s elementary school building, GRT mixed iconic elements of retail interiors and the beach to make a space that feels at once unusual and familiar. Rare was the mall patron who, on their way to Bed, Bath, and Beyond, was able to resist stepping inside to ask…is this a…store or installation. Both! Success. Spivack sold all 1,000 of the limited run and donated the proceeds to The Bus Federation Civic Fund and Mala ʻAi ʻOpio Youth Community Food Systems Initiative (MA’O).

For more information on the project team & press, please visit:
www.mediumwhitetee.com

Team:
Rustam Mehta, Tal Schori, Nathan Geller, Sharif Anous

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