This proposal navigates three thematic currents: history and culture, materiality, and discovery. The proposed artwork is viewed not as a culmination of a series of steps but as one instance, representative of a process. Broadly stated, the focus of our proposal is centered on ‘embedded materiality’: material and material process as applied to generative design and fabrication techniques.
The proposed artwork is a vertically-mounted, CNC-derived concrete surface that is representative of the Métis nation. Two species of wood – one local and one foreign – are used together to develop a distinct set of molds, rich in texture and grain, to form a distinct set of precast GFRC panels that are then mounted to the wall surface. The two woods, local and foreign – suggestive of the Aboriginals and the French voyageurs, respectively – undergo an iterative series of operations as part of a generative strategy that is based on the manipulation of the surface qualities of river water in different conditions.
Client: City of Thunder BayLocation: Thunder Bay, OntarioYear: 2012