Fallen Star

Fallen Star[1] is an art installation by South Korean artist Do Ho Suh on the grounds of the University of California San Diego. It is a cottage perched at an angle off the edge of the main Jacobs School of Engineering building (Jacobs Hall).

Fallen Star
ArtistDo Ho Suh
LocationStuart Collection, University of California San Diego, La Jolla

The structure was installed at UC San Diego in July 2012 and has become one of the icons of the campus' Stuart Collection of public art. It is visible from Geisel Library and Warren Mall. The life-size installation weighs nearly 70,000 pounds[2] and provides views of Geisel Library, Bruce Nauman's Vices and Virtues, the surrounding region and the campus' eucalyptus groves.[3] The attraction can be accessed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11AM until 2PM by visiting the seventh floor of Jacobs Hall (EBU-I). A small landscaped garden with East Coast plants surrounds a brick path leading to the front door. Inside, the 15 ft × 18 ft house slopes at a 5° angle and is fully furnished.[4] It has been given the fake address 72 Blue Heron Way.[2]

Fallen Star forces visitors to juxtapose the comforts of home with the unsettling impersonal nature of a large academic institution. In 2016, it was the subject of a 50-minute documentary produced by the artist and directed by Vera Brunner-Sung and Valerie Stadler, titled Fallen Star: Finding Home.[5]


  1. Saikali, Jeffrey (Autumn 2016). "Engineering Brings Art and Architecture Together" (PDF). The Bent. The Tau Beta Pi Association. 107: 60.
  2. Fitzpatrick, Erin (20 July 2012). "Unusual San Diego Home Location". San Diego Magazine. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  3. Knight, Christopher (10 October 2012). "Art review: 'Fallen Star' knocks notions of home off-kilter". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  4. Ollman, Leah (16 June 2012). "Do Ho Suh's 'Fallen Star' makes home not so comfortable". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  5. "'Fallen Star: Finding Home' doc to premiere at UCSD Read more: San Diego Community News Group - Fallen Star Finding Home doc to premiere at UCSD". SD News. San Diego Community Newspaper Group. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2016.

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