Every once in a while, an architectural model rises to the level of sculpture—and there's one quietly sitting in a vitrine over in Bellevue right now, made of brass and concrete, like a canyonland of Brancusi pencil sharpeners.

It's Brad Cloepfil's killer prototype for the National Music Centre of Canada in Calgary (video), incorporating pieces of a sliced-up trumpet.

Opium? I barely know him!
  • Opium? I barely know him!
That's not the only model at Open Satellite this month. There's also Cloepfil's almost equally groovy model for the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, made of shaved-off sticks of graphite. Its surface darkly vibrates like a Still, against that blast of milky white on top. (I imagine the building, which is set to be made entirely of concrete, will look nothing like this.)

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Cloepfil almost never comes to Seattle to give a talk, despite living close by in Portland. But he's coming to UW a week from tomorrow, on March 10; it's a special occasion.

The reason he's coming? Open Satellite coaxed him into juryingshowing alongside a contest of designs by architecture students, whose models ring the walls at the gallery. The show's called Supermodel. Winners for most out-there are Hunter Ruthrauff's Wayqecha Cloud Forest Research Station (left) and Andrew Tsai's The State of the Church—a church you attend by going through a baptist-by-underwater-tunnel.