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Assembling the table – video

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Putting the table together (before gluing and final assembly).  Video here.

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May 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm

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Week 5: Site Analysis and Exhibit Design

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Over the past two weeks we have worked hard to analyze the sites that we visited, and we have delved into the design of the exhibit that will display our discoveries, in the hopes that it will give insight into the multiplicity of uses and forms of wood in Virginia.  Each student has taken charge of representing one of the facilities, and has used a range of media including photomontage, analytical drawing and diagramming, mapping, modeling, video, flip-book animations, collage, text, and material samples (among others).  An important challenge for all of us has been to analyze and clearly represent the processes at work at the facilities, while also displaying the sheer wonder and spectacle of many of the sites, which are examples of the “hidden landscapes of wood.”

The landscape of mulch production at Panorama Pay Dirt

The landscape of wood at WoodFuelsVA

Diagrams of seedling production at Augusta Forestry Center

Care was also given to designing the flow of facility representation on the walls – from growth of trees at the Augusta Nursery to the production of custom structural timbers at Dreaming Creek and the digestion of wood into paper products.

The result of negotiation for space on one of the panels in the exhibit hall

Sophia and Mike devoted special effort to representing the overall flow of wood through the state and its cities, from forests to factories to buildings to recycling centers.  A fascinating flow diagram and model are the results of their explorations.

The Flow Model prototype

Instructions for the fabrication of the full-scale model


An important aspect of the exhibition design has been to make it as viscerally powerful as possible, so the Monster Chiefs and Sample Chiefs have had the task of figuring out how to display pieces of material that may be heavy, unwieldy, messy, or delicate, while still making this a “please-touch” (and “please-smell”) exhibit.

The exhibit opening and gallery talk will take place on March 20 at 3pm, on the first floor of Campbell Hall (also known as the “Naug” lounge).  The exhibit promises to be fun, fascinating, and messy in all the right places.


Preview of next week: a collection of joinery, casting, and digital fabrication techniques, tried and tested by our studio members.

Written by dk8em

February 28, 2011 at 9:16 pm

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